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COM M E NT This issue marks a special landmark for Hospitality Interiors Magazine, as we announce our very own trade show dedicated to the hospitality market. It’s been a decade since Hospitality Interiors first joined the Gearing Media Group fold, and in that time we’ve developed a real passion and affection for an industry that continues to innovate and diversify every day. Our mission statement has always been to illustrate the sector’s most interesting properties, personalities and design concepts, and we’ll carry this same philosophy through to our event – The Hospitality Interiors Show (THIS). Alongside a curated collection of key suppliers, visitors can look forward to immersive hospitality sets, a stellar seminar line-up and a host of creative networking opportunities. We can’t wait to update you on our plans over the coming months, and hope you’ll join us at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena in June 2020 for the very first edition of THIS! In the meantime, please enjoy our inspiration-filled May-June issue. Highlights include an interview with acclaimed designer, Nini Andrade Silva; an inspiring column from Bespoke Hotels’ Robin Sheppard on ‘Overcoming adversity and realising success’; and a round-up of some of the most exciting new restaurant launches. Happy reading!
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the event for hospitality design The Hospitality Interiors Show (THIS) is a new, dedicated event which will deliver the best in hospitality design to inspire and inform. Opening its doors from 10-11th June 2020 at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena, THIS will bring together owners and operators, designers and architects throughout the UK and beyond, providing a creative and much-needed platform for visitors focused on design across the full hospitality spectrum. THIS will showcase a broad and far-reaching collection of high quality
travel, plus the associated hubs, terminals and lounges. THIS will also deliver on insight with its Stage and Connect presentations. Panel discussions, conversations and presentations will help visitors learn more about one of the most dynamically-creative and driven sectors of the design industry. If you want to access a curated collection of key suppliers, discover the thought-leading concepts and characters driving hospitality design, and build
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Market research We want to deliver a show that is a truly useful resource for the hospitality market, and that’s why our market research has played such a crucial role in the creation of THIS. We undertook a survey of potential attendees to identify their buying needs and the format, time and location of the event that they want. The show vision For an event to be truly of value to both exhibitor and visitor, it must deliver a combination of inspiration and vision alongside education and information. It also has to look and feel fantastic – we are in the hospitality design business after all. THIS will collaborate with industry designers to deliver a beautiful event, with content-rich and value-driven features. Here are just a few highlights to look forward to ... THIS Experience Our immersive hospitality sets will take THIS visitors on an interactive and fully-realised design journey through unique environments designed to amplify the guest experience. These innovative and inspiring hospitality environments – conceived in collaboration with a talented team of design partners – will present concepts and components integral to engaging and retaining an ever-more discerning clientele. THIS Stage Prepare for a stellar line-up of industry thought-leaders on both days with noteworthy guests featuring in panel sessions, seminars, conversations and workshops. THIS Stage will feature subjects created for developers, architects, specifiers, designers, owners and operators – with sessions designed to stimulate debate and lay out alternative ideas and applications. THIS Connect If you take time out from a busy schedule to attend a trade show, you want to be sure that you have the opportunity to reach the right connections. Our host of creative networking opportunities will ensure just that. Watch this space for updates! Photography: Hotel Heureka Cannaregio, Venice / University Arms by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio
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2022 OPENING SET FOR NEW MANDARIN ORIENTAL IN ISTANBUL Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is to manage a second luxury hotel in Istanbul. Scheduled to open in 2022, Mandarin Oriental Etiler will be housed within one of three standalone towers on a new development in the exclusive Etiler residential area. The remaining two will house 251 luxurious Residences at Mandarin Oriental. With Amsterdam-based UNStudio appointed as master planner and architect, the hotel will incorporate 158 guest rooms and suites, three restaurants and bars, a spa and fitness centre and a selection of adaptable meeting spaces with outdoor areas and terraces. The Residences at Mandarin Oriental will feature some of the most exclusive homes in the city, providing owners with extensive private gardens and impressive views of the Bosphorus. Owners will enjoy a full suite of bespoke resident facilities – including two outdoor swimming pools with city skyline views, a fitness centre and six beauty treatment rooms – alongside direct access to the hotel’s facilities. www.mandarinoriental.com
AN URBAN OASIS ON FIFTH AVENUE Towering 27 stories over Fifth Avenue, Hotel Hendricks will add a stylish new property to Fortuna Realty Group’s collection of Manhattan hotels. With interiors by acclaimed designer, Marcello Pozzi, the 176-key property will boast unparalleled views of the Empire State Building and cityscape. Hotel Hendricks is to be an “oasis of contemporary industrial design”, with a rich interior of bronze, malachite, polished copper and exposed concrete. Custom furniture, made in Italy, will sit alongside luxurious fur accents in the guest rooms, while the spa-style bathrooms will be stocked with luxurious Cote Bastide amenities. Complementing the luxe design of the property, Hotel Hendricks will offer three different F&B options, including Latin-infused restaurant, Carbonero, a rooftop lounge, and a chic lobby café. www.hotelhendricksny.com
LAKESIDE LIVING London-based Campbell Gray Hotels has announced the Summer 2019 debut of Alex, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of The World, on Lake Zurich in Switzerland. Perched on the waterâ€™s edge, this new boutique luxury hotel is set across five floors with a special architectural design of stone and glass. The hotel will have 44 rooms and suites, all with lake views, terraces and kitchens to create an enticing extended stay concept. A peaceful wellness area will also be available exclusively for hotel guests, and will feature a sauna, steam room, relaxation area, fitness room, plunge pool, spa treatment room and direct access to the wonderfully clean waters of the lake for swimming. www.campbellgrayhotels.com
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NOMAD HOTEL TO LAND IN COVENT GARDEN IN 2020 NYC-based Sydell Group, in partnership with investment firm, BTC UK, have announced plans to open the first NoMad hotel outside of the United States in London’s Covent Garden. NoMad London will be housed within the 19th century Bow Street Magistrates Court and Police Station, which is to be sympathetically transformed into a 91-key hotel. The interior design will be completed in partnership with Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch of NYC-based interior design firm, Roman and Williams. Inspired by the original materials, colour palette and elaborate architecture of the property, the interiors will pay homage to the decorative traditions of England’s heritage, while exploring the relationship between the New York and London art scenes. The property’s heritage and distinctive design features will be artfully incorporated into the reimagined spaces. The former jail cells, for example, will be transformed into a selection of guest rooms, while a museum with rotating exhibitions will be created to honour the history of the Metropolitan Police Force. www.sydellgroup.com www.btcdoha.com www.romanandwilliams.com
AN ELEGANT ROMAN RETREAT BY JEAN-PHILIPPE NUEL Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese will re-open this July, unveiling an extensive renovation led by designer, Jean-Philippe Nuel. The hotel occupies a former 19th century Roman palazzo on a quiet street in the centre of Rome. Aside from 78 well-appointed rooms and suites, a new fitness centre and three large event rooms, Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese will also be home to elegant rooftop lounge and restaurant, Settimo. Jean-Philippe Nuel’s chic redesign will combine the heritage and classicism of ‘La Dolce Vita’, with the modernism and design of French ‘art de vivre’. The hotel entrance, for example, will feature an iconic display of chromatic counterpoints and vibrant colours, while guest rooms will exhibit an iridescent ceiling masterpiece, creating the illusion of the bright sky above. www.jeanphilippenuel.com www.accorhotels.com
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SIX SENSES PAPAGAYO SET FOR 2021 OPENING Situated on the idyllic 2,300-acre Papagayo Peninsula, Six Senses Papagayo is a new private and eco-conscious resort opening in 2021. London-based architect, John Heah, will oversee the design of the resort, which stretches from the highest point on Papagayo down to the forested beachfront, soon to be home to 41 secluded pool villas. There will also be a further 31 residences available to buy, with owners benefitting from full access to the resortâ€™s amenities. The resortâ€™s wellness programme will be a significant focus. As well as an extensive spa and fitness centre, an organic farm will produce fruit, vegetables and herbs for use in the restaurant and spa. www.sixsenses.com
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Nini Andrade Silva Ahead of the Savoy Palace’s highly anticipated opening in Madeira this summer, we caught up with the acclaimed designer behind its interiors, Nini Andrade Silva. Here, Nini delves into her inspirations, passion for storytelling through design, and her work to help the disadvantaged.
When did you first discover your passion for design, and how did your career blossom from there? I used to say that design was born with me and I’m pursuing my passion. Because of that, I really feel that I don’t have a job, but a project
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of life and my life is my career. I love design because I love creating new realities and feelings and my job allows me to put a bit of myself in each project that I and my team create. My designs come from the soul – what I feel about the place at the moment. This means that my emotions are translated into designs. What do you feel is the single most important thing that people should know about you, or your work? About life and work there’s always a unique challenge, the quest for the essence … I’m a storyteller and this is reflected in my designs. I would also say that everything ultimately inspires me ... from the moment I hold a new project my imagination starts to fly, finding reference points in my life, travels, different cultures for which I was aware over the years and, sometimes, in small details.
“In hospitality, design is the key factor that should emerge from strong branding concepts and good stories. These elements are as important as the pure aesthetics and functional qualities of interiors should be”
Actually, even these tiny things that appear are the most daring and different ideas, resulting in wonderful projects. What has been your proudest moment or most memorable project as a designer, thus far? Savoy Palace Hotel is one of my proudest projects and a memorable mark in my career, but I must confess so is every single project! My team and I dedicate ourselves 100% to a project and our goal is to see a sparkle in the eyes of our clients! This is what tells me that a project has been done well and no feeling will ever compare to this. My atelier has created a distinct range of award-winning interior design projects, and each prize is a proudest moment! Our work has frequently been featured in design, architecture, lifestyle, travel and fashion publications, due to a unique connection between its design and high level of detail. The feeling of seeing my work recognised is
incredible and as good as the feeling of the day when I get to see the finished work. What, for you, is the most enjoyable aspect of designing hospitality interiors? Designing hospitality is something very challenging because you can be truly creative! In hospitality, design is the key factor that should emerge from strong branding concepts and good stories. These elements are as important as the pure aesthetics and functional qualities of interiors should be. Designing a hotel encompasses a good understanding of the client’s identity, goals and needs, as well as the consumer’s needs and wishes. Balancing these elements and mixing in creativity and innovation will lead to success. But you have to think about new and different ways to create each area and piece. Because deep down, this is what defines the design ... to take the idea to its extreme measures, studying the functionality completely fulfilling its role, but at the same time creating something unique.
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Innovation in design hotels is born from a flexible way of what works around the rules and practices we have learnt. The result will come to life as natural feeling. When I am designing something, I always have a message that I want to get across to the viewer. What I feel is powerfully materialised in my projects. What are your framing ambitions for the firm? The ambition is to move forward step by step, doing what we love with excellence, quality and rigour. We keep the desire to create unique environments, to create fantasy and to turn fantasy into reality! We are currently engaged in several projects across Europe, America, Asia, Middle East and Africa, but I must confess that our focus is on special projects rather than success. What are your passions outside of the design world? I embrace two great passions, painting and caring for those in need. My brand image “Girl of the Pebble” is used to help children – it refers to the name by which the children in need from Madeira Island were known! My charity association operates from the sale of paintings done by me which focus on the theme of pebbles (slippery rocks found on the beaches of the island of Madeira). www.niniandradesilva.com
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“When I am designing something, I always have a message that I want to get across to the viewer. What I feel is powerfully materialised in my projects” Savoy Palace Madeira
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Overcoming adversity and realising success By Robin Sheppard When you spend most of the century to date recovering from a rather debilitating illness, ‘success’ is not always the first word on your mind. For my part, I was laid low on Christmas Eve of 2004 with the inscrutably-named Guillain-Barré Syndrome (not something I’d heard of either); which quickly side-lined my immune system whilst paralysing me from the neck down. I was in a rather uncomfortable spot to say the least. Stapled to an intensive care bed, unable to move or breath unaided, my only silver lining was the scope for recovery, as luckily the illness grants many the chance to convalesce.
The painful recovery process Guillain-Barré Syndrome is a vindictively paralysing malady; attacking the immune system and stripping nerve endings. I contracted this illness in December and my body closed down completely within a matter of days. My stomach and breathing capacity reduced to near zero, I was placed on artificial respiratory support for two months and fed meals through my nose for a similar amount of time. The good news lay in recovery, however slow and painful it would prove to be. Over the next 22 months I gradually regained
feeling in my core and eventually in my pedal extremities. I had to learn how to sit, how to stand, balance and then walk. Later I learnt to climb and to cycle. For the first 10 months I could do none of this unaided, but a year after the onset I began to use my reflexes on my own. It took me 18 months to return to work parttime and a full two years to have the stamina and agility to be effective in the workplace again. I am eternally grateful for having such patient and understanding colleagues! Although I still possess limited motor skills, walk with a stick and struggle to tie my laces
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unaided, I can get most of my clothes on by myself these days. After five years of recovery, I was allowed to drive a car again, a significant milestone in my quest for some semblance of independence. In my absence, the business I founded alongside my partner in 1999, Bespoke Hotels, went from strength to strength. I am pleased to report my return to the fold did not disrupt things too much. In the years since my illness, our portfolio has grown to over 100 hotel properties, including an increasing number of leaseholds across the UK. I am proud to have been the driving force behind the creation of Hotel Gotham in Manchester which has won no less than 19 ‘Hotel of the Year’ awards, including being both the ‘hottest’ and the ‘coolest’ new hotel all at the same time. I am also a trustee of the GAIN Charity, which supports those suffering from GBS. Despite these personal successes, the memories of the embarrassment, discomfort, and hopelessness my illness bestowed upon me remain vivid. When you are so incapacitated, your normative needs become vital. With permanently reduced energy levels and walking skills upon my return to work, my powers of observation were about the only part of me to strengthen during this process. Don’t forget style and substance From my wheelchair it was clear the
“My experiences with GBS have shown that disability is definitely no limit to success. Even though the recovery was painful, the perspective I have gained is invaluable and I am proud to be championing these causes in hospitality to increase both style and accessibility for all”
discomfort felt by able-bodied people when with those in wheelchairs. The stories are true: rather than placing the focus on the person in the wheelchair, they talk to the person pushing the chair, reinforcing the idea that the ‘wheelchairee’ cannot speak for themselves. These few hard yards as a consumer of disability, coupled with my strengthened powers of observation, increased my awareness of how marginalised a large proportion of the population is. Currently, the approach of hotels, restaurants and bars to disabled guest provisions is at best slow to react, but sometimes outright hostile. Despite the law to ensure compliance in the physical fit-out of disabled spaces, emotional or aesthetic intelligence is regularly disregarded, creating over-medicalised bedrooms and bathrooms. A considered design flourish in the disabled loos, a discreet access ramp, or simply a thoughtful and conscientious member of staff, does not go unnoticed. Our success as an industry has always been measured in the satisfaction of our customers, after all. The vast majority of travellers will never have thought to say “I would like an upgrade to a disabled suite please” – but this is my
personal vision and is not merely chasing unicorns. Both moral and commercial points exist. Morally, we should all be treated with the same respect and care, able-bodied or otherwise. The commercial aspect goes largely unseen. 83% of able-bodied guests actually feel they have been somehow ‘downgraded’ to a disabled room. Discounting often follows, but this is not necessary. Put simply, the industry is losing out by restricting its ability to charge fully, and this is all before it even considers how the disabled guest might feel. It needs attention from everyone Throughout my recovery, I have been introduced to many evangelists and discovered a common desire to better the disabled lot. The Blue Badge Access Awards (BBAA) was founded alongside the fine work of Leonard Cheshire Disability, alongside the tireless campaigning of Fiona Jarvis and the Blue Badge Style Awards, and is now in its third year. BBAA has found support from a range of sources from the House of Lords to RIBA, the Design Council to Channel 4, and business partnerships with the likes of Dyson, HEWI, and Marshall CDP and even recognition from
Her Majesty’s Government. I am incredibly fortunate enough to stand as the Hospitality Sector Champion for the Disabled, thanks to the sterling support of Baroness GreyThompson, journalist Sophie Morgan, Alan Stanton and Lord Rogers. Additionally, I was also awarded the ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Hotel Industry’ by the Hotel Cateys. This is something I am enormously proud of – for not only receiving the award, but also being able to get on and off the stage unaided. We have seen time and time again that designing for disabled individuals leads to wholly inclusive design which finds creative solutions to problems for a much wider group in the mainstream. I believe passionately that colleagues across hospitality businesses need to champion access; access a trillion-dollar market; see what benefits for disabled and elderly customers are waiting to be discovered; and, in turn, realise how this can benefit everyone. Success is a universal yet strangely illusive term. Each and every UK business undoubtedly has a formula for measuring and sharing it,
needs to change. Starting today, businesses need to understand and account for their impact in relation to their sustainability, carbon footprints and inclusivity. A striking statistic, and one I hope readers will take away from this article, is the fact that 43% of able-bodied guests refuse a disabled room when offered at check in, with a further 40% asking for an alternative. A sad indictment of society but an equally damning report on the current state of accessible design, clearly the industry is not championing the cause enough. Every hotel, restaurant and bar business should appoint an Access Champion within their teams so access is always on the agenda. It doesn’t matter as long as the contents of our hearts and minds, rather than the contents of our accounting ledger, is what truly constitutes success. My experiences with GBS have shown that disability is definitely no limit to success. Even though the recovery was painful, the perspective I have gained is invaluable and I am proud to be championing these causes in hospitality to increase both style and
often based on examining forecasts and profit and loss accounts, but lacking in health and safety. To speak bluntly, this is simply not fit for purpose in this day and age and urgently
accessibility for all. www.bluebadgeaccessawards.com www.bespokehotels.com/pdfs/accessibilitymanifesto.pdf
About the author Robin Sheppard has been an hotelier for over 40 years and co-founded Bespoke Hotels in 2000. Now the UK’s largest independent hotel group, it boasts over 200 properties, spanning the length and breadth of the country and overseas. Robin’s greatest achievement has been to fight back from Guillain-Barré Syndrome which completely paralysed him from the neck down, requiring relentless physiotherapy to regain mobility. Robin’s new book, A Solitary Confinement, documents this journey – the proceeds of which are given to GAIN, the UK charity offering support sufferers of Guillain-Barré, where he is a Trustee.
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Balancing heritage with innovation is vital for luxury brands By Dr Nicoletta Giusti
One of the biggest challenges facing luxury brands is becoming and staying relevant for a new generation of clients. Bain & Co predicts that consumers under 35 will account for more than half of the global personal luxury goods market by 2025. Meanwhile, Chinese consumers, who currently account for one third of the global personal luxury goods market, are expected to make up nearly half of this market by 2025. Relying on heritage alone is not enough for luxury brands to woo an increasingly younger and diverse clientele. Although storytelling remains critical, innovation will be essential for brands to prove their relevancy. In 2019, successful luxury brands will need to reinvent themselves by taking inspiration from the values and global culture of Gen Y and Z. At the same time, we can expect to see the codes of hospitality becoming more widespread within the luxury industry as brands strive to build meaningful relationships with customers across multiple touchpoints. Bringing heritage into the future While a centuries-old history once played a vital role in the allure of luxury brands, prestigious pasts are no longer as important for presentday consumers. A 2017 Deloitte study of Millennials across the US, UK, Italy and China revealed that “quality and uniqueness” are the top factors attracting them to luxury products.
As a result, some of the most successful luxury brands are those that manage to make traditional craftsmanship relevant through modern innovations. Hublot, for example, has developed a loyal client following for its integration of high-tech materials such as ‘Magic Gold’ (a fusion of liquid gold and ceramic) into the precision of traditional Swiss watchmaking, an approach captured in the brand’s motto, ‘The Art of Fusion.’ The brand has also embraced other technological innovations: in late 2018, Hublot launched the Big Bang Meca-10 P2P, a luxury watch that can only be purchased using Bitcoin. At the same time, the backstory of a brand can add greatly to its uniqueness and value, and knowing when, where and how a product was made has become more important to young global consumers. In order to enable clients to explore the brand’s heritage, Louis Vuitton has developed ‘Volez, Voguez, Voyagez,’ a free 15-room exhibition containing iconic pieces and detailing the brand’s history from 1854 to the present. After opening in Paris, Tokyo, Seoul and New York, in November 2018 the exhibition came to Shanghai, where it displays additional pieces with a particular connection to China. In addition to bringing its past to life for a new generation of clients, Louis Vuitton also reinvents classic pieces with modern
innovations, such as the Louis Vuitton Echo, a smartphone-controlled luggage tracker, and the Tambour Horizon smartwatch. Broadening the luxury brand experience through the codes of hospitality Hotels continue to offer luxury brands a fresh opportunity to engage clients outside of traditional retail shops or online channels. Although examples of luxury fashion brands branching into hospitality can be found as early as 2000 with the opening of Palazzo Versace Gold Coast in Australia, we can expect this trend to continue as brands strive to offer guests immersive experiences marked by the brand’s own unique traits. Opened in summer 2018, Bvlgari Hotel Shanghai is one of the newest to this realm and the sixth of Bvlgari’s hospitality collection. The luxury hotel features a contemporary blend of Italian and Chinese style, while its food and beverage offering includes Italian gastronomy and Cantonese haute cuisine. Future Bvlgari hotels are due to open in Moscow, Paris and Tokyo. Such offerings can help luxury brands to build stronger relationships with clients as consumers increasingly value experiences over material goods. In Switzerland, luxury watchmaker Audemars Piguet plans to open its bespoke Hôtel des Horlogers in 2020 in Vallée de Joux, a cradle of
Swiss watchmaking and the birthplace of the brand. The hotel will enable guests to not only learn more about the luxury brand’s past and present, but also experience the surrounding natural environment in unique ways, including via a sloping rooftop that guests can ski down in the winter. Delivering premium omnichannel service In a 2018 interview with Wired UK, Ian Rogers, Chief Digital Officer of LVMH, stated that he finds “digital” to be “a bit of a nonsense word.” He said: “When somebody says, ‘We’re really behind on digital,’ my response is, ‘You’re behind in every aspect of your business?’” The reality today is that the online experience has become inseparable from the customer journey – and the case of luxury brands is no
exception. A 2018 McKinsey report predicts that online luxury sales will more than triple by 2025, with nearly a fifth of personal luxury goods sales taking place online. However, the particular challenge facing luxury brands is how to deliver the premium level of service that clients expect across touchpoints both online and off. AI-powered chatbots and smart search results can provide online customers with useful product recommendations and a personalised retail experience. Online platforms can also be used to provide luxury clients with the means to customise their own products: Mercedes-Benz lets customers build their own car online. And digital channels can bring customers the same level of service they would have in-
store at their own convenience. For example, through the Hublot Digital Boutique, clients can contact sales advisers at their nearest boutique via FaceTime or Skype, enabling them to discover products and speak with the sales adviser remotely. Clients can then follow up with an in-store visit, bringing the online and offline experiences together. Diversity in luxury: understanding a new clientele The shift in the luxury consumer profile has also opened the field to new players in luxury, while putting pressure on established brands to ensure they understand and resonate with their market. Brands must be culturally aware and avoid alienating consumers through tone-deafness, as Dolce & Gabbana recently experienced in China following its “DG Loves China” campaign, which was criticised for racism and insensitivity and led to the brand’s products being dropped from major Chinese retail platforms. On the other hand, in an increasingly globalised world, luxury brands can find success by exporting their identity and cultural references. Montblanc, for example, has launched a collection of pens inspired by the illustrations of Le Petit Prince – a unique combination of a European luxury brand and French cultural icon with universal appeal. Meanwhile, with young customers more focused on quality rather than labels, opportunities are ripe for luxury brands that cater to the diverse values and needs of their clientele. Online luxury retail platform The Modist has built success by focusing on modest fashion, catering to stylish Muslim women as well as non-Muslims. Another platform, 11 Honoré, specialises in plus-size luxury apparel, even encouraging fashion designers to offer a wider range of sizes. From streetwear and androgynous aesthetics to ethical fashion and other global influences, luxury continues to be redefined and democratised. Global awareness combined with a focus on quality, uniqueness and innovation will be key for luxury brands to keep up. www.glion.edu
About the author Dr Nicoletta Giusti is Clinical Professor and Director of the MSc in Luxury Management and Guest Experience at Glion Institute of Higher Education
â€œHotels continue to offer luxury brands a fresh opportunity to engage clients outside of traditional retail shops or online channels.â€?
The St. Regis Hong Kong Hong Kong In one of his most ambitious projects to date, André Fu has masterminded a veritable tour de force of locally-rooted, experience-led hospitality design.
The St. Regis Hong Kong is housed within a glittering 27-storey tower on Wan Chai’s waterfront. One of Hong Kong’s oldest districts, Wan Chai is home to traditional pawnshops, the old police station, and a Bauhaus-style market that André Fu artfully incorporated into his design. The driving concept behind Fu’s design was to take guests on an immersive and layered visual journey, interweaving narratives of personal memory and the city’s heritage to create a rich, evocative experience. Elements from iconic local landmarks are referenced throughout the hotel – including old gas street lamps from Duddell’s Street, colonial columns from the old Wan Chai police station, and panelling inspired by the colonial Hong Kong mansions. Yet Fu’s inspiration ran deeper than simply referencing local architecture, chanelling his own childhood recollections of growing up in Hong Kong. “I wanted to go deeper than the stereotypical concept of lanterns, junks and temples and tap into my
own memories of the city,” he explains. At 580 square metres, the property’s porte cochere sets the scene for a dramatic arrival experience, with 8m stone-clad walls harmonising with the marble reception desk. Once inside, the soothing burble of an 8m high waterfall treats the ears. Opulent lanterns and sconces – inspired by the 19th century gas lamps of old Hong Kong – create a soft and sensual glow. Oversized bronze panelled doors by Solomon and Wu lead to the vestibule, paying homage, through abstract silhouettes, to the skyscraper city of Hong Kong. Upon entering the vestibule, guests discover two connected spaces, an antechamber with elevators, and a small salon
where the concierge is located. Fu’s dramatic design stretches the vertical heights of the vestibule, with bronze screens referencing the old window frames typical of colonial Hong Kong and mouldings engraved in the marble either side of the elevators chanelling the classic New York vernacular of the first St. Regis. From the street level lobby, guests can ascend to the second level into a corridor bordered by classic wooden panelling. A jade green vestibule frames an over-scaled authentic Chinese snuff bottle on display by Chinese artist Cao Yuan Hua. The second floor houses the hotel’s major public spaces, incorporating the Great Room,
the Drawing Room, the Terrace and The St. Regis Bar. There is a dramatic transition from the low ceiling lift lobby to the soaring 8m high ceilings of the Great Room. Living up to its name in proportions and grandeur, the space features expansive windows that flood the room with light, as well as lush topiaries around the borders. The palette of cool greys and sage greens adds to this sense of luxury and openness. Two silver marble reception desks bring a sense of symmetry to the space, adding a distinctive solid modular form with a strong architectural quality. A gargantuan chandelier – named The Skyline in tribute to the Hong
“The driving concept behind Fu’s design was to take guests on an immersive and layered visual journey, interweaving narratives of personal memory and the city’s heritage to create a rich, evocative experience”
“I wanted to go deeper than the stereotypical concept of lanterns, junks and temples and tap into my own memories of the city”
Kong cityscape – has been designed by Fu in a bespoke arrangement of his TAC/TILE lighting collection, created by Czech glass specialist, Lasvit. The adjacent Drawing Room connects the Great Room to the Terrace and creates a transitional area between the two, with a relaxed and inviting setting. Here, mid-centuryinspired furniture is arranged in cosy groupings, adding privacy and a sense of intimacy. The Terrace offers a peaceful open-air haven with chairs and tables from Fu’s Rock Garden collection by Janus et Cie. A striking marble water feature creates a visual centrepiece here, leading to a 2.5m high moon gate – a traditional element in Chinese gardens. One of the hotel’s highlights is The St. Regis Bar, the exclusive, members-only feel of which creates a distinct contrast with the elegant grandeur of the adjacent spaces. Rich warm tones, tweeds and brass detail,. along with bronze oak panelling and olive leather upholstery, give the bar a cosy and welcoming atmosphere.
A hand painted mural by Beijing artist, Zhang Gong, acts as the central focal point. The design is inspired by a similar mural by Maxwell Parrish in the St. Regis New York, which depicts many of Hong Kong’s most famous historic features such as old Wan Chai, the Hong Kong Star Ferry and Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong’s rich vegetation and natural foliage, and colourful street scenes set against the old buildings. In addition to The St. Regis Bar, the hotel’s F&B offering encompasses two exciting restaurants. Rùn Chinese restaurant is inspired by traditional Chinese tea pavilion architecture – inserted as a pale stained oak pavilion within a pavilion. The pavilion is an abstract architectural expression with intricate interlocking details akin to traditional Chinese architecture, expressed throughout the structure with geometric architectural forms that punctuate the space. The restaurant’s colour palette of taupe, greys and browns with cinnabar red lacquer
accents references Chinese architectural tones, while integrated cast glass lanterns add a sense of modernity to the whole visual experience. Two private dining rooms each feature their own lounge areas as well as an over-scaled cast glass chandelier. L’Envol French restaurant, meanwhile, is Fu’s own interpretation of the contemporary French salon, fusing art with couture and haute cuisine by Chef Olivier Elzer. Decorated in soft cream and beige, the restaurant features hand painted silk murals splashed with gold and hectares of ivory Carrara marble underfoot. The primary dining area looks onto an open kitchen and is arranged in a banquette style on either side of a 3.3m long marble table. Bespoke hexagonal chandeliers, composed by antique brass and precious ivory agate, hang from the ceiling. The artwork here includes ‘On The Edge’ – an abstract marble sculpture by artist Helaine Blumenfeld – which André Fu selected for its poetic qualities, as well as canvas work by French conceptual artist, Laurent Grasso, within the Private Room.
reflects the intricate juxtaposition of cultural influences that, to Fu, represents Hong Kong. 129 bedrooms, including 14 deluxe suites, two premium suites and a Presidential Suite, prioritise space and comfort over maximum efficiency.
in white linen with mauve cashmere throws; and rugs and wall hangings provide a sense of comfort and serenity. Creating a sense of time and place has always been a key hallmark of the St. Regis brand, but Fu has elevated this yet further in his
Complementing this extraordinary spread of public spaces, the guest accommodation
The colour palette features chalky white, warm mineral grey and taupe; beds are dressed
masterful design for the St. Regis Hong Kong. www.afso.net
The University Arms Cambridge, UK In the Summer of 2018, this noted 19th century Cambridge hotel underwent an £80m transformation. Hospitality Interiors’ Gemma Ralph visited to find out more ...
If restoring Cambridge’s first hotel to its former glory wasn’t sufficiently steeped in expectation, the news that two world-class design names were leading the project added to its gravitas yet further. The inimitable Martin Brudnizki and esteemed classic architect, John Simpson, have worked their magic to realise The University Arms’ true potential as the jewel in Cambridge’s hospitality crown. First commissioned as a hotel in 1834, the property occupies a prime position overlooking Parker’s Piece. It was extended in 1891, 1900, 1925 and finally in the 1960s, when the original Regency section along Regent Street was demolished and replaced with a discordant element typical of the period. In the initial stages, then, John Simpson had to rationalise the building’s form following two centuries of disjointed development. Mindful of the many fine examples of Regency buildings within the surrounding streets, Simpson sought to maintain this design language. The property’s design, and its harmonious elevations, thus reference the existing 1920s facades and lost features, reconnecting it with its locality.
Simpson also made the crucial decision to demolish the existing 1960s structure on Regent Street, replacing it with a new building set back from the road. This allowed for the addition of a handsome Porte Cochere, modelled on the property’s original portico from 1901. As well as demarcating the hotel entrance and creating an off-street drop-off point, this key architectural ornament also enriches a busy route into the city centre, creating a smooth transition from the smaller scale domestic and retail buildings on Regent Street to the larger civic and university buildings to the north. As for the interiors, Martin Brudnizki has crafted an environment redolent of school days past and lazy afternoons spent on the banks of the River Cam. The literary and academic spirit of
Cambridge threads throughout Brudnizki’s design in a refined, thoughtful manner. From the wonderful timber-panelled library, to curated book selections within the guest rooms, he has captured the scholastic allure for which Cambridge is so beloved. This feel is established from the moment guests enter the elegant entrance lobby; its grand, high ceilings and green patterned marble floor immediately conveying substance and solidity. Cambridge blue timber panelling softens the space, while a fabric-fronted reception desk, surrounded by a selection of bespoke and antique furniture, ensures guests feel right at home. Picture-lined corridors lead to the lifts, transporting guests to The University Arms’
“The inimitable Martin Brudnizki and esteemed classic architect, John Simpson, have worked their magic to realise The University Arms’ true potential as the jewel in Cambridge’s hospitality crown”
192 well-appointed rooms and suites. With views over the spire-filled Cambridge cityscape, or over the green splendour of Parker’s Piece, the guest accommodation offers a relaxed, eclectic feel. Hints of Cambridge Blue, yellow and red enliven each space, with varying selections of bespoke furniture and statement chandelier lighting. Some rooms feature a traditional bookcase divider, others leather-padded writing desks, private balconies or even classic bathrooms located inside the original domed turrets. For me, the private library curated by Mayfair bookshop, Heywood Hill, was a truly special touch. These in-room collections centre around the city’s most celebrated minds and illustrious alumnis – from Virginia Woolf and John Dryden to Charles Darwin and Christopher Marlowe. There is something so timeless and quintessentially British about settling down to read with a cup of tea – or something a little stronger! – with the gentle evening bustle of Parker’s Piece streaming through the open balcony doors.
“Martin Brudnizki has crafted an environment redolent of school days past and lazy afternoons spent on the banks of the River Cam”
The hotel’s dedicated library, too, offers a moment of calm and reflection. Its book-lined walls are complemented by timber panelling, solid-wood parquet flooring and an eclectic blend of deep sofas and cosy armchairs. The focal point, however, is a magnificent original wood-burning fireplace. The library flows through to the bar, where the academic theme continues with a bold, marble-patterned wallpaper inspired by antique book covers, as well as a traditional crest above the impressive dark wood bar. Offering the perfect spot for pre- and postsupper cocktails, the bar features traditional loose rugs, statement lighting and a classic bead ceiling. Accessible from the bar, as well as via its own street entrance, Parker’s Tavern is a 132-cover destination restaurant headed up by Chef Tristan Welch. Serving up whimsical recreations of classic British dishes, there is an emphasis on high quality ingredients from Cambridge and East Anglian producers.
When creating the restaurant’s interiors, Martin Brudnizki drew inspiration from the communal dining halls synonymous with Cambridge Colleges, opting for canteen-style seating with a mixture of free-standing dining chairs and benches, all finished in red and mustard yellow leather and dark timber. The Cambridge Blue wall panelling echoes that of the lobby, but is offset by a traditional dark wood herringbone floor and original stained-glass windows with crest detailing. Juxtaposing this use of traditional materials, the artwork here is decidedly contemporary, bringing injections of yellow and red to introduce warmth and fun. In order to differentiate Parker’s Tavern as a standalone restaurant, a great deal of time and attention has been dedicated to crafting a distinct brand identity that threads through the signage, menu and even the uniforms. Chef Tristan Welch has handpicked the tableware and glassware to reflect the quality, simplicity and true ‘Britishness’ of the food.
Bone china is marked with the Parker’s Tavern logo, while the cutlery is handmade, both by British suppliers. Staff uniforms were designed by Welch personally to be comfortable, smart and chic, complete with a wrap-around apron with a built-in waistcoat. Aside from this close attention to detail, it is the flow between these various public spaces, the hotel and the street that makes them so well-executed. The addition of entrances to the public rooms at ground floor level allows people to filter in and out of the hotel bar and function room directly from Parker’s Piece, activating the open space immediately outside of the hotel. With the benefit of Brudnizki and Simpson’s expertise and vision, The University Arms is now a cohesively-designed landmark hotel that enriches the local landscape and hospitality offering. www.mbds.com www.johnsimpsonarchitects.com www.universityarms.com
The Machrie Islay, Scotland The singular beauty of Islay couldn’t really have offered a better spot for Campbell Gray Hotels’ first property in Scotland. The Machrie has undergone several years of renovation, with Peter Young leading the interiors.
Famed for the smoky depths of its peated whiskies and for the splendour of its coastal landscape, the Scottish Isle of Islay is the southernmost island of the Inner Hebrides. Just a quick hop by plane or ferry from the Scottish mainland, this scenic island has a population of around 3,000 and welcomes scores of tourists each year. Hospitality is front and centre of the island’s economy and – with the recent opening of the Ardnahoe Distillery and Diageo’s plans to invest a considerable sum in reviving Islay’s iconic Port Ellen Distillery – the visitor experience is becoming ever more diverse. The Machrie, in turn, offers a new hospitality experience for the island. Set amidst the dunes of Islay, next to the pristine beaches of Laggan Bay, the hotel boasts a historic golf course, 47 guest rooms, a restaurant, bar, spa and meeting spaces. “The Machrie itself is quite an iconic building on Islay,” affirms lead designer on the project, Peter Young. “Originally a farmhouse, then converted to a hotel, it
has been a key part of Islay history for many years so the locals are thrilled to have it back in operation, and looking so good!” Having built a firm relationship with Campbell Gray Hotels over the past two
decades, Peter’s knowledge of their philosophy and design vernacular made him a natural choice to work on the group’s first Scottish hotel. “I have worked on many projects with
Campbell Gray Hotels over the last 20 years, notably Le Grey in Beirut and The Phoenicia Hotel in Malta,” he explains. “It’s been wonderful to maintain that relationship with Gordon and such a pleasure to work with him and his team over the years. “We feel part of the Campbell Gray family and when we were asked to work on The Machrie we were absolutely thrilled.” Renowned architectural firm, Hudson Architects, have modernised the original Victorian building and have designed a striking contemporary extension. The hotel’s interior naturally mirrors this blend of traditional and contemporary, preserving original details and incorporating locally-made furnishings, while creating a fresh, Scandinavian-inspired aesthetic. “The brief was to create a mix of Scandinavian style with a warm Scottish feel, so contemporary but warm and welcoming at the same time,” Peter explains. “We wanted the hotel to be quite residential, almost like a home from home. “We have been honest to the local vernacular regarding certain details, such as
the original staircase which we maintained and refurbished, and also externally with the window treatments which have a local border detail.” Following a scenic drive to the hotel’s entrance, guests are warmly received in the comfortable lobby. A rich palette of dark red hues, with a natural slate floor and a crackling fire, create a traditional countryside feel, balanced out with quirky modern art. Just off the lobby space is a cosy snug, where guests can read in front of the fire, or partake in some board games. Warm green and blue tones create a peaceful atmosphere, with pops of colour and texture from the soft furnishings and carefully curated artwork. Also located on the ground floor is a small but perfectly formed PureGray Spa and Gym. Complete with two treatment rooms, a sauna and fitness suite, visitors can enjoy a range of relaxing Aromatherapy Associates treatments to the distant sounds of the North Sea. In addition to offering the only spa on the island, The Machrie also offers the only cinema
in the form of a 30-seat screening room. “The screening room’s dark blue carpet and chairs is surrounded by a beautiful dark blue tartan fabric walling sourced very locally from the Islay Woolen Mill, which is so subtle but absolutely stunning,” adds Peter. The Machrie’s public spaces continue upstairs with the Stag Lounge. The focal point here is undoubtedly the gargantuan floor-toceiling windows that offer views out over the 18th hole. Come rain or shine, Islay’s dramatic panorama brings beauty and atmosphere to the space. “The Stag Lounge features large format wall panels and a 7ft high fireplace – everything in this room is oversized, and yet through the colour scheme, fabrics and furniture it is a really cosy room and a lovely place for afternoon tea,” explains Peter. After a pre-dinner drink or quiet moment by the fire, diners can move through into 18 – the hotel’s luxury restaurant. Specialising in high quality, fresh Scottish ingredients, the restaurant features an impressive vaulted
“Originally a farmhouse, then converted to a hotel, The Machrie has been a key part of Islay history for many years so the locals are thrilled to have it back in operation, and looking so good!”
glass ceiling that floods the space with natural light. Furniture in pops of red, blue and, yellow, brings colour to the space, without detracting attention from the awe-inspiring south westerly views over the Links and down to Laggan Bay. A striking bar runs along one side of the room, with a sculptural mural depicting the 18 holes of The Machrie Links Golf Course as an architectural relief map above it. Next to the bar are a series of random illuminated golden slots in the wall displaying whiskies from the nine local distilleries on the island. In terms of The Machrie’s guest accommodation, rooms range from classic, through eight private lodges, to the grand split-level Ben Hogan Duplex Suite. The accommodation as a whole features a clean, neutral palette, with choice pops of colour from the curtains, velvet armchairs, Roberts radios and soft furnishings. Once again, views over the links and Islay countryside provide a key focal point here, but it is this remote beauty that perhaps posed the biggest challenge for Peter and his team. “The largest challenge was the remote location of Islay, off the west coast of Scotland, Queen of the Hebrides, and getting materials to site,” he explains. The builders were from Northern Ireland and did a great job organising the resources. It wasn’t an easy location.” Despite these logistical challenges, The Machrie has created an exciting new option for tourists, whilst also enriching the local
community and landscape. The stunning dune land of The Machrie Links – originally designed by Scottish golf professional, Willie Campbell, and modernised by former Ryder Cup Vice-Captain, DJ Russell – once again has a splendid hotel as its backdrop. www.peteryoungdesign.co.uk www.campbellgrayhotels.com/machrie-islayscotland
“The brief was to create a mix of Scandinavian style with a warm Scottish feel ... contemporary but warm and welcoming at the same time”
Under Lindesnes, Norway Europe’s first underwater restaurant pays tribute to the rocky coastline and marine life of Norway’s southernmost tip with its aweinspiring design.
Lying, half-submerged, agains t the craggy shore of Norway’s tempestuous southern coastline, Under is quite some architectural feat. Its 34m-long monolithic form, which rests on the seabed five meters below and protrudes 10m above the water’s surface, was conceived by pan-disciplinary Norwegian practice, Snøhetta. The restaurant was first built on a barge 20m from the site, before being gently guided to its final location by a crane and tugboats. Following its submersion, structural work was completed, and the building was bolted to a concrete slab anchored to the bedrock beneath the sea bed. As if a sunken periscope, Under offers guests an unusual and privileged insight into the ever-changing palette of the seabed. “Under is a natural progression of our experimentation with boundaries, explains Snøhetta Founder and Architect, Kjetil Trædal Thorsen. “As a new landmark for Southern Norway, Under proposes unexpected combinations of pronouns and prepositions, challenging what determines a person’s physical placement in their environment.
Photography by Ivar Kvaal
Photography by Ivar Kvaal
“As a new landmark for Southern Norway, Under proposes unexpected combinations of pronouns and prepositions, challenging what determines a person’s physical placement in their environment”
“In this building, you may find yourself under water, over the seabed, between land and sea. This will offer you new perspectives and ways of seeing the world, both beyond and beneath the waterline.” Lindesnes is known for its intense, highly changeable weather conditions, but the unruly outdoors is soon forgotten as guests enter Under’s hushed, oak-clad foyer. Rough wooden finishes and the sweet smell of timber transition into an elegant oak staircase as one descends into the building. Dark, raw steel railings with brass tube handrails trace the journey downwards to a softer interior, the ceiling surface changing from oak to textile. The palette of the textile-clad interior becomes darker and more intense the deeper one travels below the water’s surface. These striking bespoke materials, stretched over custom acoustic panels, evoke the colours of a sunset dropping into the ocean – beginning with sunset pink and intense coral, before moving through sea green and culminating in midnight blue as one arrives in the dining room. On the mezzanine level and bar area, where the structure touches the sea, a vertical window cut into the side of the building reveals a remarkable split-level perspective of sea and air.
Perhaps the most breathtaking element, however, is the 40-person dining room on the seabed, where an 11m-wide and 3.4m-tall horizontal window offers guests an evershifting visual gateway to the sea. Evolving gradually throughout the day and seasons, the water alternates from sapphire blue on a cold Winter’s day, to emerald green in the Summer season when the algae sets in. The beauty of Under’s interior stems from its implicit harmony with this surrounding habitat. Snøhetta has ensured that each and every element of the design is carefully considered and layered, but seamlessly incorporated. Take the lighting scheme for example. It was fundamental that it should meet the practical requirements of a restaurant within a naturally dark environment, whilst maintaining and enhancing the outward-facing design and protecting local wildlife. ÅF Lighting acted as consultants for the project, and worked alongside marine biologists to measure the effect of different lighting solutions on local marine life. The resulting scheme makes use of 380 LED lamps installed in the ceiling panels which respond to data harvested from various sensors – both infrared and acoustic – to create the appropriate lighting scenario at any
given moment. The subtle visual shift of materials throughout follows the same principle. Rougher wood finishes at the restaurant’s entrance and back of house give way to increasingly refined finishes when moving towards the heart of the building. Here the walls, roof and floor have been clad in locally harvested Norwegian oak, in collaboration with Hamran – a longstanding local carpentry workshop. Under’s furniture, too, is custom made using traditional handcrafting methods. The chairs have been designed as one continuous form, mimicking the way that branches naturally
progress from a tree stem in angled corners. These furnishings chime with the guiding philosophy of the project – to build solid structures for the future without compromising the natural beauty that lies inherent in raw materials. Though visually striking in itself, the central concept of the structure is that it should integrate with its marine environment over time. Its half-metre-thick concrete walls are built to withstand pressure and shock from the rugged sea conditions, while its rough shell will come to function as an artifical reef for the abundant marina flora and fauna.
Indeed, Under’s secondary function is to facilitate marine research. The restaurant has collaborated with researchers from the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomic Research (NIBIO), amongst others, to create optimal conditions on the surrounding seabed so that fish and shellfish can thrive. “We have observed and documented marine biodiversity in the area for over four years already, but with Under in place the observation opportunities change dramatically,” explains marine biologist, Trond Rafoss, who has been a key collaborator in the project. “The ability to be physically present at
Photography by Inger Marie Grini/ Bo Bedre Norge
the seabed provides a newfound possibility to observe marine life with precision and patience. Usually, when diving, one has time restraints and is not able to see everything, yet the comfortable environment of the restaurant allows us to study the sea life live for time intervals unparalleled by other means. “As one can stay in the restaurant for as long as one wants, that opens opportunities to discover species, their behavior and stages of life that have never been seen before.” The ultimate goal of this research is to collect data that can be programmed into machine learning tools that monitor the population dynamics of key marine species on a regular basis, thereby creating new opportunities to improve official marine resource management. From its remarkable architecture and design, throughout its sustainable, locally-sourced menu to its contribution to marine research, Under offers a meaningful and wonder-filled hospitality experience. www.snohetta.com
Photography by Inger Marie Grini/ Bo Bedre Norge
Photography by Inger Marie Grini/ Bo Bedre Norge
“Rougher wood finishes at the restaurant’s entrance and back of house give way to increasingly refined finishes when moving towards the heart of the building”
Photography by Ivar Kvaal
Photography by Ivar Kvaal
Delaire Graff Estate Stellenbosch, South Africa David Collins Studio has designed two new accommodation concepts for The Delaire Graff Estate in Stellenbosch, marrying African palettes and textures with European touches.
When famed English jeweller, Laurence Graff, first visited the estate – then, a modest vineyard – back in 2003, he felt an instantaneous connection. Six years later, Laurence unveiled a world-class hospitality destination befitting the glorious natural beauty of the Stellenbosch valley. Designed in the Cape Dutch architectural style, the estate offers a state-of-the-art winery, two flagship restaurants, elegant accommodation, boutiques and a destination spa. Constituting its biggest transformation since opening, six new Superior Lodges and a breathtaking Owner’s Villa have been designed by acclaimed London interior architecture practice, David Collins Studio. Luxurious and opulent on a grand scale, the fourbedroom Owner’s Villa offers an impressive 660m² footprint across two floors. With views over the local mountain ranges, its sophisticated interior spans an entrance and lobby, living room, dining room, kitchen,
“I love the colours and patterns we are bringing into these lodges, which add a new dimension to the estate aesthetic, alongside our really special finds from across Africa, which bring each lodge a real sense of place”
pool and jacuzzi terrace, a family room, fullyequipped gym, master suite and three further guest rooms. The main entrance and lobby is accessed via a dramatic timber front door with dark bronze ironmongery. The space doubles as a gallery, with expansive walls displaying an evolving selection of of artwork curated by Laurence Graff. Dark fumed oak timber fooring features throughout, while the walls boast a chic, textured wallcovering with a horizontal stripe pattern running around the room. A custom bronze mirror hangs above a console by a local artisan, flanked by curved alabaster wall lights. The 6.6m double height living and dining spaces are entered through large timber double doors trimmed in bronze, and separated by an open double-sided bronze-clad fireplace. The timber ceiling here is lined in a slatted 200-year-old French oak with solid oak trusses, and adorned with a pair of white plaster chandeliers commissioned for the villa by Alexander Loge.
Textured ivory linens grace the walls, complemented by curtains in oyster linen with linen sheers and a contrasting hand woven fabric with an African chevron motif. The striking furniture is by Vladimir Kagan, and includes a large organic serpentine three metre long sofa, upholstered in a burnt Orange Lora Piano fabric. Other pieces include two Kagan barrel armchairs in an ivory boucle, a coffee table in dark timber and Nero Marquina by Charlotte Perriand, and custom side tables created by artist Atang Tshikare. The dining room is equally well appointed, complete with verdant green leather upholstered dining chairs by Holly Hunt, a Christian Liaigre dining table, and a Jean Michel Frank console – all of which are anchored by a hand-knotted woollen silk rug in shades of ivory, taupe and fern green ochre in an African fern-chevron motif. The dark fumed oak timber flooring continues into the master bedroom, where the bedroom walls are lined in a woven linen wallcovering. A two-metre-wide bed
is upholstered in a handwoven dusky pink ombre fabric, with a Christian Liaigre bench upholstered in ox-blood leather at its foot. Nearby, a pair of Kagan armchairs in duskypink flank the fireplace with marble-topped side tables by Alexander Loge. All bedrooms have a neutral palette, and feature a fireplace and upholstered bed, along with their own private balcony with dining table and chairs. Bathrooms are finished in honed Crema Marfil marble and polished Imperial Marron, with custom vanity wall lights in milk glass and matt nickel. The six elegant new Lodges, meanwhile, stand at 76m². Situated at the heart of the estate, each incorporates a grand entrance and lobby, living room, terrace, master bedroom, bathroom and dressing room. “Each lodge features interiors that have been carefully finished with textures and tones to create modern, timeless and detailed interiors,” explains David Collins Studio’s Creative Director, Simon Rawlings. “The finishes have been carefully selected to work with the estate aesthetic and to sit
Entering through a dark timber front door with dark bronze ironmongery, the lobby’s walls are lined in dark timber, with statement curved alabaster wall lights. Crema Marfil marble features throughout in skirtings and architraves that lead from the entrance, as well as in the guest wet bar. Within the living room, David Collins Studio has opted for carefully-selected and refined finishes. The soft colour palette of silver-blues and navy references the majestic African sky, while a delicately coloured and textured woven silver-blue grass-cloth wallcovering creates the perfect backdrop for the selection of arwork. Oyster pure linen curtains with linen sheers gently diffuse the light and bring the landscape into view, while dark timber furniture has been selected in generous and comfortable proportions. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors celebrate the landscape and lead onto the private pool terrace. This outdoor dining space and sun deck features teak sun loungers with grey canvas cushioning, a breakfast table and two dining chairs with rope detailing.
chevron pattern, echoing the upholstery of the armchair. The furniture here includes a tan leather upholstered bed, claret leather wrapped side table and leather upholstered ox-blood desk chair, desk, and bronze wall lights with soft linen shades and cast bronze sculptural table lamps. The bathroom is accessed via the dressing room, which incorporates a wardrobe system by Poliform with dark timber, smoked glass doors and beautifully detailed toning-leather lined shelves. For David Collins Studio, the project was an opportunity to evolve its original concept for The Delaire Graff Estate, created back in 2010. With the team’s thoughtful injection of texture and pattern, the accommodation brings new life to a much-loved property. “Returning to Delaire has been such a joy,” affirms Simon. “Building on The Studio’s original design-vocabulary, and the success of the Estate has been very exciting. “I love the colours and patterns we are bringing into these lodges, which add a new dimension to the estate aesthetic, alongside
harmoniously within the landscape. Personally selected pieces, artwork and objects ensure the lodges exceed guest expectations, and feel uniquely Delaire.”
Within the bedroom, there is a softer palette of light, neutral colours, with oxblood accents. The dark fumed oak floor is overlaid with a hand-knotted rug in an African
our really special finds from across Africa, which bring each lodge a real sense of place.” www.davidcollins.studio www.delaire.co.za
Fairmont Royal York Toronto, Canada Champalimaud was commissioned to revitalise the Fairmont Gold offering at this iconic Toronto property – channeling its rich history through a modern lens.
Fairmont Royal York has unveiled its reimagined Fairmont Gold offering – part of an extensive multimillion dollar renovation that coincides with the hotel’s 90th anniversary. This exclusive ‘hotel within an hotel’ experience spans the 12th through to the 18th floors, providing “discerning guests with the highest levels of service for a memorable and personalised stay”. Award-winning NYC firm, Champalimaud, has worked its magic on the intimate private lounge alongside the 106 guest rooms, studio and one bedroom suites. “We were honoured and inspired to have the chance to work with such a historic property,” says Jon Kastl, Partner, Champalimaud. “As designers, and ‘cultural anthropologists,’ we were privileged to fuse the hotel’s past into a wonderfully majestic and elegant future with the redesign of Fairmont Gold. “Our vision was to stay true to Fairmont Royal York’s timelessness while creating a sophisticated,
metropolitan feel in a luxury residence. Every element of the design was carefully selected, with European influences woven throughout, to lend a subtle hint to Canada’s English and French heritage.” Accessed via private express elevators, the 18th floor Fairmont Gold Lounge welcomes ‘residents’ with a hand-laid mosaic stone foyer, complete with a striking custom-made cityscape mural. The expansive lobby, with its panoramic views over the city, creates the sense of an exclusive enclave. A thoughtfully curated selection of artwork, chosen by local firm, Tatar Art Project, embodies the sophistication of Toronto and provides a visual narrative of the city. Illuminating and reflective suspended fireplaces and an open work area with a library and curated book collection complete the design, creating a warm atmosphere that recalls the comfort of home. The penthouse-style lobby lounge comes complete with fine culinary offerings from
executive chef jW Foster. Inspired by the history of Toronto’s most authentic neighbourhoods, the all-day food and beverage experience in the lounge is complimentary and includes evening hors d’oeuvres, a premier honour bar with signature Fairmont Gold cocktails, and spreads including the hotel’s award-winning rooftop honey, and organic cold-pressed juice blends. In terms of the accommodation, all of the guest rooms and suites feature expanded spaces. Champalimaud has integrated both classic and modern details to create a bold visual statement inspired by the hotel’s Art Deco roots. Through signature furniture made in Canada and reflective fixtures such as marble countertops and statement headboards, each decorative accent highlights the hotel’s elegant legacy, while representing a contemporary and residential feel. www.fairmont.com www.champalimauddesign.com
“Every element of the design was carefully selected, with European influences woven throughout, to lend a subtle hint to Canada’s English and French heritage”
Bob Bob Cité London The highly anticipated sequel to Bob Bob Ricard is now open, featuring an ambitious design scheme by BradyWilliams.
Leonid Shutov’s Soho eatery, Bob Bob Ricard, exploded onto London’s F&B scene back in 2018, and has overcome the odds to enjoy an enduring level of success ever since. It is with great anticipation, then, that the veil was lifted on its sister restaurant, Bob Bob Cité. In a marked departure from the Art Deco elegance of Shutov’s Soho property, Bob Bob Cité offers a fresh, futuristic vision. The restaurant is set in the landmark Leadenhall Building by acclaimed architectural firm, Rogers Stark Harbour + Partners, and is suspended 30m above the atrium. The main restaurant, blue and red in colour scheme, offers 264 covers, while three private dining rooms each host 18 guests. BradyWilliams has opted for a minimalist approach throughout, drawing inspiration from 21st century design and future aviation travel. “Bob Bob Cité is an iconic, forward-thinking design aesthetic, a true collaboration with Leonid Shutov, creating a space that will change the way that people think about restaurant design; where ultra-camp meets
ultra-luxury,” affirms Shayne Brady, co-founder of BradyWilliams. Costs are estimated to have been in the region of £25m, and this is eminently visible in the level of craftsmanship and quality of materials employed for the interior. 12.5km of mirror-polish steel trim, weighing over five-and-a-half tons, accents the Japanese book-binding-paper-clad wall panels throughout the restaurant. All are held in place by a total of 48,000 hand-polished ‘snake eye’ bolts, whose weight alone is such that a separate structural assessment had to be undertaken to ensure that the floor plate could support the load. Rosewood marquetry panelling, used for all of the walls and ceilings, was crafted off-site by Warwickshire-based, family-owned specialist joiners Stan Tarver, and installed as complete pieces to ensure an elevated level of precision. A staggering 441 light fittings – from chandeliers and table lamps to treadwell and
“Bob Bob Cité is an iconic, forward-thinking design aesthetic… creating a space that will change the way that people think about restaurant design; where ultra-camp meets ultraluxury”
wall lights – were commissioned from Dernier & Hamlyn. Handmade in the brand’s London factory, these bespoke deisgns feature the finest metalwork, complemented by a variety of handpicked glass panels in gold, low iron, pink champagne waterglass and brown. Dernier & Hamlyn’s craftsmen also made decorative gantries for the restaurant, comprising square polished stainless steel tubing some 420m long and weighing in excess of half a tonne. Bespoke banquette seating, covered in beautifully tactile leather from Andrew Muirhead & Son in Glasgow, has been made by Noble Russell of Rutland. Of course, the signature ‘press for champagne’ buttons are back, but with a contemporary and French twist, reading ‘Pressez pour le Champagne’. In an ode to its location in the City of London, tickertape wraps not only the façade of the restaurant but also internally in all dining rooms. When ‘Pressez pour le Champagne’ is activated, the table number is illuminated throughout the space. www.bradywilliamsstudio.com
RESTAURANT DESIGN - IN CONVERSATION
“Towns and cities will continue to evolve, and with a significant shift in retail, F&B outlets will play a key role as the lifeblood of these centres”
RESTAURANT DESIGN - IN CONVERSATION
Tony Matters is the creative director of Faber – a specialist interior design and branding agency for the F&B sector. Formerly co-director of design and build company, Heterarchy, Tony made the decision to set up Faber five years ago, pursuing his passion for restaurant and bar design. Since then, he’s worked with Michelin-starred chefs and a host of exciting restaurant and bar operators nationwide.
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Tony Matters, Faber What would you say are the top three trends influencing restaurant interiors at present? Earthy tones are featuring a lot at the moment. We are seeing a big trend towards the appreciation of food provenance, but also in the art and craft of making the food itself. I guess the botanical theme is also a strand of this trend, but one that has been done to death, more ‘mother earth’-led designs are taking over. Believe it or not, toilets are big right now! No longer just functional, they are an extension of the social spaces – a place for people to chat and post Instagram pics. We are increasingly devoting design time to toilets and really considering every design element. Touch points is the final big one, customers
have heightened expectations now when it comes to their whole experience. They want to be served quality food but also on artisan plates, to peruse beautifully designed menus and admire bespoke fixtures and fittings. It’s these finer details that really set a good and great restaurant apart. What would you say is the most memorable restaurant project you’ve worked on, and why? It has to be Nocturnal Animals for acclaimed chef, Alex Claridge. He gave us a very ambitious brief – “to make his customers feel as he did when listening to an 80s inspired play-list on Spotify” – and the creative freedom
Bobby’s Restaurant – photography by Tom Bird
to interpret it, which is quite rare for a client. Alex wanted to push the boundaries of ‘fine dining’ and create an immersive and experiential concept, which allowed us to play with theatre, contrasts and a sense of surrealism. What are the key challenges facing restaurant designers at the moment? The DIY mentality that many first time restaurateurs apply to their projects is a challenge as they can view the design as a superficial exercise limited to choosing colour schemes and chairs. We help our clients, where needed, to see the bigger picture – the creative design scheme has to encompass a carefully thought out operational workflow and be strategically positioned to attract a defined target market. Similarly, clients approaching new concepts in piecemeal can compromise the integrity of a design. Breaking a concept down and involving multiple agencies or contractors can confuse, complicate and water down the overall vision and strategy. Finally, the competitive landscape puts increasing pressure to find genuine points of difference. Customers are becoming more and more fickle – a venue can quickly become the talk of the town, but equally can be forgotten just as quick if something better comes along. We work with clients to ensure we create a complete seamless experience that will create lasting relationships with customers. The food is always central to the concept, but the package has to be about so much more than just the food.
RESTAURANT DESIGN - IN CONVERSATION
Nocturnal Animals â€“ photography by Tom Bird
RESTAURANT DESIGN - IN CONVERSATION
Nocturnal Animals – photography by Tom Bird
How do you ensure your projects stand out in such a fast-paced and heavily populated sector? Going back to basics and ensuring that we are building a concept based on research and customer insight – really knowing who your target customer is has to be the starting point. Restaurants can tick all the style boxes but still don’t quite work because they don’t connect with their customers on a deeper level.
Is Faber working on any new hospitality projects that you’re able to share with us? We’ve just completed The Oyster Club for Michelin-starred chef, Adam Stokes, and are working on a range of exciting new projects across the hospitality sector!
Having worked with TV chef, Aktar Islam at his restaurant, Lasan, we’re excited to be embarking on a new journey with him, developing a boutique hotel. With planning consent agreed, we hope to get started soon! www.faber.design
Nocturnal Animals – photography by Tom Bird
In a decade’s time, how do you expect restaurants, and restaurant design, to have changed? I think we are going to see an industry-wide move towards localisation. By that, I don’t just mean produce, but restaurants that cater to a very clearly defined individual local market – the ‘anti-chain’ if you like. Towns and cities will continue to evolve, and with a significant shift in retail, F&B outlets will play a key role as the lifeblood of these centres. I think we will see boundaries blur between retail, F&B, work and public spaces and functions merge to create all encompassing leisure experiences.
Central Police Station Hong Kong Aqua Restaurant Group has unveiled a trio of dining outlets within the former Central Police Station in Hong Kong, complete with interiors by AB Concept. This renowned heritage site and former police station, which has been revitalised as the Tai Kwun Cultural Centre for Heritage & Arts, is the last cluster of iconic colonial buildings of this scale in Hong Kong. AB Concept has reimagined the neoclassical building’s 7,500ft² top floor to create three new F&B destinations – The Chinese Library, Statement, and The Dispensary – which marry the past life of the building with Hong Kong’s rich historical narrative. “By preserving and integrating some of the earliest architecture of the British colonial era into the new restaurant designs, we aimed to faithfully reflect the story of Hong Kong’s eclectic mix of Eastern and Western cultural
influences”, comment co-founders, Ed Ng and Terence Ngan. “We envisioned the three spaces as elements of the whole experience in order for the distinct designs to flow cohesively. The unifying trait is, of course, the inherent colonial charm of the original structure, and it was an honour to delve into the past life of the building as Hong Kong’s Central Police Station.” Guests enter the neo-classical building via an original iron-balustrade staircase, passing double-storey circular windows with views over the cityscape below. The Chinese Library, which lies to the east, reflects the historic influx of migrants from regions throughout China, paying tribute to
the contribution each area has made to Hong Kong’s colourful cuisine. AB Concept has preserved the existing fittings – including the doors, windows and original century-old wooden flooring in the grand dining room – adding bespoke-crafted banquette booths with dimly-lit mood lighting for an intimate, library-like atmosphere. Chandeliers, inspired by strings of Chinese lanterns, hang from the original roof structure, while bronze, copper and celadon tones hint towards the illustriousness of Chinese jade in the colonial era. Jade-coloured walls featuring ornate gold mirrors, back-lit green onyx screens, and black and white antique Chinese marble tabletops
bring the glory of a bygone era to light. Large colonial doors, opening onto an expansive verandah, reveal more of the building’s history, with balcony louvres echoing the traditional style of colonial window screens. Avant-garde London culinary destinations informed the interior of Statement – a modern British restaurant. Here, the original colonial pitched ceilings and grand full-length period windows are complemented by touches of contemporary glamour, including shimmering blue-green fabrics, bespoke milky-glass chandelier lighting inspired by British lanterns, and badge-shaped mirrors celebrating the historical significance of the space. Set alongside the original century-old wooden flooring and colonial shutters, the simple turquoise, cracked plaster walls – designed by AB Concept – maintain a sense of antiquity. Ornate lounge and bar, The Dispensary, connects the two restaurants in the middle. Subtle interior details here allude to the property’s law enforcement heritage, from walls painted in the same dark blue used for the Hong Kong police uniforms to speciallydesigned mirror shields, inscribed with historic tales of the building’s past. Copper-tray table tops pay tribute to the official police plaque, situated around low-level lounge seating, whilst the bar itself is encased in a metallic fence resonant of the old police armoury. www.abconcept.net
Paramount Lebanese Kitchen South Kensington, London Paramount Lebanese Kitchen is the first UK venture for Middle Eastern restaurant and grocery chain, Paramount Fine Foods. Having expanded its presence rapidly in the USA and Canada, the brand was keen to translate its branding for a new audience. London-based design studio, Temza Design and Build, was selected to take on the restaurant’s interior design. The Temza team felt that the initial brief – entailing a dark, moody feel, with theming around London landmarks – wouldn’t be a good fit for the London market, and proposed a revised concept with a casual, yet elegant feel. The new vision was to create an authentic Lebanese environment, setting it apart from other conventionally bright, loudly colourful
Lebanese restaurants in the city. Traditional techniques, materials and styles would be employed, with a light and airy green colour palette and complementary brass and wood veneer elements. “One of the things we really respected was Temza’s commitment to their design,” explains Greg Smith, executive vice-president of Paramount Fine Foods. “There were a few occasions when we pushed back because we didn’t quite see the vision, but senior designer Julia and the team really stood their ground and believed in their concepts. In the end it all came together as they said it would.” The interior sees a careful balance between high end and cost-effective materials, with spending focused on feature elements that
would make the most impact. The walls, for example, feature an artisan Tadelakt finish. This specialist plaster technique, used traditionally in Lebanese houses, involves applying and polishing by hand. Temza’s in-house construction team completed the finish, having undertaken specialist training in the technique. The tactile finish to the walls complements the traditional patterns on the floor and natural wooden dining furniture to create a warm, inviting and authentic atmosphere within the space. Other highlights include an open kitchen, which offers a visual spectacle for the discerning clientele, and a mirrored reception unit which helps to reflect natural light around the restaurant. The colour palette within the restaurant is predominantly green, complemented by ontrend brass and wood veneer elements such
as the full length brass cladding on the open kitchen front. Low lighting, with backdrops of black and white photos of Lebanon, helps to place the cultural element of the restaurant. Strong branding was an integral part of the concept, and has been artfully incorporated within the design. From a custom-made fascia sign on the restaurant’s exterior, through to a bespoke brass totem, complete with an illuminated logo, and custom-designed menu boards, every detail fits with the brand’s image. “We were extremely pleased with the finished project and are now using concepts from the new design on our other locations around the world,” concludes Greg. “The team at Temza are professional, easy to work with and we are truly excited about working together again on our next project.” www.temza.co.uk www.paramountlebanesekitchen.co.uk
“Strong branding was an integral part of the concept, and has been artfully incorporated within the design”
Photography by Adam-Firman
Cattivo Brixton, London London-based architectural practice, Red Deer, has completed the interiors of Brixton’s new restaurant and cocktail bar, Cattivo. Cattivo is the third opening from the Albion & East Group, joining popular all-day Italian restaurants Martello Hall in Hackney and Canova Hall, also in Brixton. Red Deer’s design concept for Cattivo pairs a 134-seat ground floor all-day dining café and bar with a 60-seat underground drinking den and entertainment venue for a contemporary two-in-one concept experience. Cattivo’s location within the old Bon Marche department store – in fact the first purposebuilt department store in the country – offered Red Deer a key frame of reference for the interior scheme and branding. The property’s original façade and signage have been retained and carefully refurbished in
tribute to this heritage, while an interior colour palette of moody French blue, warm grey hues, and burnt clay tones hints at the original site’s 1870s Parisian inspiration. Due to the architecture of the building, Red Deer was tasked with seamlessly designing the customer’s journey through the ground and basement levels via two staircases. As a starting point, the designers stripped the high-ceilinged open-plan space back to its core structure, keeping only the open kitchen and feature staircase. Within the refurbished interior, Italian and European mid-century sensibilities have been fused with an industrial aesthetic to create a warm, welcoming space.
The ground floor café-restaurant features original brickwork and ceramic tiles with bare plastered walls, exposed ventilation pipes and stripped-back steel columns. An open kitchen with an adjoining bar draws the eye with a striking blue corrugated steel façade, complete with contrasting timber mouldings. Paying careful attention to the qualities of the space, Red Deer has balanced the bustle of a busy restaurant, kitchen and bar. A mix of four high and low seating options create visual movement in the vast open-plan space. Brown leather upholstered window booths create intimate areas to gather, whilst zinc-topped bar tables with wooden stools, bespoke marble café tables and chairs and large communal
dining tables offer a range of views to the open kitchen. The ground floor’s feature wood-panelled bar with a stainless steel top and a bespoke back bar mirror commissioned by Red Deer, add an element of glamour and an atmospheric, speakeasy feel. Throughout the restaurant, Red Deer has incorporated high quality interior materials alongside a mix of reclaimed, new and bespoke design. An old church reception desk and vintage service stations sourced by Red Deer sit alongside original vintage Art Nouveau prints to elevate and enhance the dining experience. Downstairs, the 117m² basement cocktail bar has an altogether more Victorian feel. Walls are clad with original glazed tiles and a traditional rich timber panelled pub-style bar, juxtaposed with neon liquor signage to mimic the casual speakeasy vibe of the upper level bar. Red Deer has divided space and created ambient zoning with plush navy velvet curtains which can be screened to create private booths around the bespoke velvet banquettes and marble cocktail tables. www.reddeer.co.uk
“Italian and European mid-century sensibilities have been fused with an industrial aesthetic to create a warm, welcoming space”
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Rosalinda Toronto Toronto-based firm, Bent Gable Design, has captured the ‘beauty of decay’ through the interiors of a local Mexican restaurant. Rosalinda is a vegan Mexican restaurant which occupies a former convenience store and Japanese restaurant in downtown Toronto. The owners – Jamie Cook, Max Rimaldi and Grant van Gameren – briefed Bent Gable Design with establishing a bright and airy interior, with the freshness of California. It was the gutted interior of the property that provided Bent Gable Design with its design inspiration, however. “We imagined that guests might find themselves in an old industrial building with a vintage glass and steel roof where, over time, the sunlight and rain have streamed through holes, allowing nature to take over,” explains the team. “Moss and wild plants have filled the empty
spaces, giving the interior an enchantment and a soul of its own. We wanted the dining experience to prompt curiosity and imagination, and offer an antidote to conventional experiences.” Rosalinda’s layout is seamlessly divided into three dining areas, delineated by cement building blocks, historic stained glass windows and vintage wood doors, with a ‘greenhouse’ overhead to anchor the core of the interior. Each area has a slightly different feel. Perhaps the most whimsical of the three, the front is light and airy, nodding to a Californian ambience. The middle section is beneath the the greenhouse roof, complete with vintage window dividers separating the bar and seating
areas, while the back area, which can be closed off for private events, features a richer colour scheme, with hanging and potted plants, terraria, and mossy green velvet seating. A white marble bar and marble tabletops appear to have mellowed with age. Bent Gable Design has artfully combined “detritus with decadence”, embellishing metal stacking chairs with velvet seats, wicker chairs threaded with needlepoint, and canvas upholstered chairs painted with watercolours. Quirky vintage finds, from display cases stuffed with vintage plastic roses to wire florist orbs creeping with ivy and moss, further this theme of ‘beautiful decay’. www.bentgabledesigninc.com
Photography by Tom Bird
Champions Bar & Restaurant Frankfurt, Germany Hospitality design specialist, B3 Designers, has recently completed work on this stylish European sports bar and restaurant within Frankfurt’s Marriott Hotel. In its previous guise, the bar and restaurant featured an all-American theme, and had been an iconic destination within Frankfurt for decades. B3 Designers’ brief was to work around the themes of the venue’s history and heritage, sport, burgers and beer, to create a casual, relaxed environment. To bring this brief to life, B3 Designers conceived a design that celebrates nostalgic, vintage European sports bars. The heritage look and feel is interwoven throughout, starting gently with a trophy display at the entrance. Once inside, a large bar featuring fluted timber sits front and centre, backed by a wooden menu display with old-school scoreboardstyled lettering.
The furniture is a mix of high-bar seating and long, communal oak timber tables with bench seats. In the lower dining area, there is a blend of full-length curved booth seating, leather-upholstered banquettes with high back rests and lower-level tables and chairs. An abundant use of natural materials, rich tones and the darker colour scheme combine to evoke a masculine, warm and comfortable vibe. The use of copper finishes on the bar’s countertop and beer taps is a nod to traditional brewery tanks, while black-andwhite chequered tiling in the raised bar area and diamond-motif upholstery pay homage to the traditional football and referees’ kit. Slatted timber booth seating evokes stadia-
seating of a bygone era, while sports-themed artwork and paraphernalia – from vintage footballs and boots to boxing gloves and bags, tennis rackets and photographs – have been scattered tastefully throughout the space. One key design challenge for B3 Designers was working the 12 HD large projector screens into the design, and ensuring that they wouldn’t detract from the ambience of the venue. The overhead screens are thus concealed discreetly above when not in use, before dropping down via a central motorised system to create a premium sports experience when needed. www.b3designers.co.uk
Felix Warley Brentwood, UK Hospitality specialist, DesignLSM, has transformed an Essex pub into a premium dining destination. Located in a semi-rural location in Brentwood, the pub has undergone extensive renovation to create an elevated all-day dining offering. The original structure of the ground floor has been altered considerably, with the addition of new decorative screens and walls to provide pockets of intimacy. On the first floor, the existing ceilings have been removed to reveal a dramatic 5m high roof space with structural frameworks bridging the void. From this structure hangs an abundantly-stocked drinks gantry, which crowns the striking oval-shaped cocktail bar below. In keeping with this sleek new interior, the property’s façade has been softened by layers
of intricate golden manifestation which reflect the natural light whilst creating moody internal shadows. Upon entering the restaurant, the eye is immediately drawn to a sculptural helical staircase crowned with a striking chandelier of knitted wire orbs. This bespoke lighting creation – created by Brighton-based artists Steven and Amanda Follen – references a subaquatic feel, which has become a dominant design narrative throughout the scheme. Indeed, the ground floor features a calm palette of marine greens, blues and indulgent textures, alongside opulent touches such as brass nets that enclose intimate round seating booths and playful waved fins which clad the
dark ceiling. The first floor delivers a different experience, serving up a relaxed breakfast or brunch with natural light flooding through to illuminate a striking copper-clad oval bar. In the evening, the space transitions into a sumptuous cocktail bar. Rich materials couple with a ‘dusk sky’ ceiling and striking art installations to create an exciting ambience for guests. This elegant design feel extends to the restrooms, where the walls are adorned with dramatic floral-embossed wallpaper and basins sculpted from dense Brazilian black slate form rock pools within the strata. www.designlsm.com
NoMad Las Vegas debuts stylish new pool area
Photography by Benoit Linero
NoMad Hotels’ third outpost, situated within Las Vegas newcomer, Park MGM, now boasts a lively and design-led pool area. Perched on the hotel’s third-floor roof deck, the NoMad Pool was designed by Jacques Garcia, who drew inspiration from the iconic Majorelle Garden in Morocco. With a nod to old-world decadence, the space incorporates striking blue accents, plush seating daybeds and cabanas. “NoMad is about style and fun, and Jacques Garcia has once again married both in his design of The NoMad Pool,” explains Andrew Zobler, Founder & CEO of the Sydell Group. “It’s sophisticated and exotic, and we’re looking forward to sharing this new experience with our guests.”
From Monday to Thursday, the NoMad Pool offers respite from the buzz of the strip, serving up elevated casual fare, expertlycrafted cocktails and a wide selection of wines curated by 2017 World’s 50 Best Restaurant winners, Will Guidara and Chef Daniel Humm. From Friday to Sunday, however, the atmosphere is transformed into JEMAA – The NoMad Pool Party. Offering a new daytime destination in Las Vegas, there will be an exciting roster of DJs and artists, a beverage menu created by Leo Robitschek, cabana-side cocktail fountains and a series of whimsical poolside plates from Chef Humm. www.thenomadhotel.com www.studiojacquesgarcia.com
Band Collection by Patricia Urquiola The framing concept behind the Band Collection is the breakdown of structure, an object designed using an ensemble of pieces. Comprising a dining chair and a club armchair, the collection intentionally challenges the classic sophisticated lines of furniture design and becomes something schematic, a conceptual programme. The collection is formed of repetitive angular shapes that place its raw materials centre stage. The designs can be formed entirely of aluminium or teak wood, as well as Terrain Fabrics. www.kettal.com
Natuzzi unveils two new collections at Salone del Mobile Italian furniture brand, Natuzzi, launched two key new collections at this year’s Salone del Mobile. The first, Dandy, was created in collaboration with Marcel Wanders and – in celebration of the firm’s 60th anniversary – reflects upon the company’s roots in Puglia, where Pasquale Natuzzi began his long journey into the world of furniture in 1957. “For this collection, we considered the richness of the design elements and patterns found within the Italian culture,” Marcel Wanders explains. “The new Dandy collection reflects a deep exposition of the local customs and lifestyles. We proudly teamed-up with Natuzzi in what is a noble investment for its local economy and culture.” One of the designs, the Skyline sofa, draws inspiration from the asymmetric lines of urban landscapes. Upholstered in matelassé leather, this modular sofa features a practical ‘relax & motion’ function, electrically operated. Dandy also includes the Dove chaise-longue, Shield stools and Arch bookcase, as well as Dami – a lamp inspired by the shape of glass vases (‘damigiane’) traditionally used in Puglia for the fermentation of wine – and the Skyline coffee tables which feature locally produced ceramic or lava stone tops.
The Ergo collection by Ross Lovegrove, meanwhile, focuses on sustainability. Designed for the bedroom area, Ergo makes use of responsibly-sourced and renewable materials, including wood from sustainably-managed forests, organic fibres, 100% natural latex, solvent-free glues and recyclable metals such as aluminium.
Ross Lovegrove has compiled a study on organic design, the relationship between materials and function, as well as between manufactured objects and their ability to respect the world surrounding them. www.natuzzi.co.uk www.marcelwanders.com www.rosslovegrove.com
Kasvaa lights up Chelsea Flower Show London-based bespoke sculptural lighting studio, Cameron Design House, unveiled its striking new Kasvaa light at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Working in partnership with award-winning garden designer, Chris Beardshaw, the studio’s latest suspended creation formed a key focal point within The Morgan Stanley Garden. The Kasvaa sculptural light considers a departure from linear practices towards a more circular approach, focusing on sustainable design with the use of 100% recycled brass to form the core structure of the piece. Inspired by the natural forms of pollen, seed
heads and flowers, Cameron Design House has created this organic, geometric piece with a focus on enduring design and the re-use of materials. “The starting point for the design was to understand the design vision for the garden; we wanted to create something striking, without appearing alien or out of place,” explains Simeon Chilvers, MD of Cameron Design House. “It was important for us to embrace the key theme of sustainability and quality without compromise, to create a centrepiece befitting this ambitious goal.” A secondary theme, and one that
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contributes more literally to the form of the piece, was the idea of entropy – moving from order to disorder. This led to Cameron Design House’s exploration of the Steinmetz solid: a geometric problem solved by the German mathematician, Charles Proteus Steinmetz. Suitable for both interior and exterior use, Kasvaa is illuminated from the centre, reflecting the light off the internal polished surfaces for maximum effect. The design can be hung as a pendant, mounted on the ground or on a podium, with bespoke options available. www.camerondesignhouse.com oirasrevinnA
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Exclusive by design – The Kollection from Kronospan and Lawcris
Kronospan knows that creating a truly unique interior design can be challenging, especially when your décor choices are becoming stale. That’s why the brand has released a new brochure which gathers together all of its exclusive melamine and worktop decors. The Kollection of informed, on-trend designs, exclusive to Kronodesign®, is available now at Lawcris. The Kollection features 39 incredibly realistic woodgrains, ranging in tone from the cool and contemporary to warm and rustic.
For those seeking to go above and beyond the regular woodgrain offering, two intricately crafted end-grains present an opportunity for outstanding design, sure to draw attention. Alongside these woodgrains sit unique unicolours and authentic stone effects, the result of extensive research into global design, developed through Kronodesign® customer interaction and journeys across the exhibitions and fairs both in the UK and around the world. The Kollection combines imagination with
experience to give you the best in surface design. The Kollection features exclusive decors from Kronospan’s coveted Pure Wood range, a group of realistic timber effects with a semimatt finish that looks uncannily like a lightly polished veneer, but with all the manufacturing benefits of melamine faced boards – strength, reliability, easy-to-work and a totally consistent performance. For a modern look, the Slim Line range within The Kollection presents an ultra-thin 12mm profile. Technological advances mean this new thin profile is more than strong enough to use as a worktop, while innovative manufacturing techniques give high levels of resistance to heat, water, abrasion and impact, perfectly suited to the hardest working kitchens or table surfaces. Stain resistant and easy to clean, these worktops combine contemporary design with practicality, creating an elegant finish with a totally modern feel. Inspirational and aspirational, The Kollection offers an exclusive palette formulated to create the latest look for the interior designers. Get your sample brochure from lawcris.co.uk. www.lawcris.co.uk
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Welcome to The Kollection of informed, on-trend designs, exclusive to KronodesignÂŽ, available now at Lawcris. Stunningly realistic timber effects like never seen before (including amazing end-grains as pictured) and material replicas sit alongside trend-led uni-colours in this inspiring range of melamine and worktop decors. Find out more at lawcris.co.uk in partnership with
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Karndean Designflooring goes beyond the limits at CDW 2019 A global leader in luxury vinyl flooring, Karndean Designflooring offered visitors to Clerkenwell Design Week 2019 (21-23rd May) a modern interpretation of a live hospitality space in a bid to demonstrate the emotional connection the sector can achieve with bespoke floor designs. Inspired by the bustling, creative hub of EC1, the standout space within Project in the garden of St James immediately grabbed visitors with its framed ‘hello Clerkenwell’ signage made from bespoke cuts of Karndean, as well as its attention-grabbing geometric wall to floor design, industrial chic lighting and luxury midcentury velvet furnishings. Made from bespoke (915mm x 76mm) cuts of Karndean’s Knight Tile colourways, the monochrome patterned statement wall flowed seamlessly to its matching floor and naturally evolved to present a contemporary, mixed oak herringbone design. The overall interior also tapped into the trend of biophilic design ‘bringing the outside in’ with its vertical living walls.
“We’ve always been identified as the luxury vinyl floor of choice for our authentic wood and stone designs in hospitality spaces,” explains Fleur Carson. “CDW2019 was our chance to demonstrate visual punch and engage visitors with flooring that’s out of the ordinary. It was fantastic to see the design and architectural community out in force throughout the festival, and likewise to appreciate what challenges they face when designing new spaces. “Hospitality is one of the prominent sectors competing to keep users returning for more. It’s so important for users to experience an emotional or personal connection when entering new spaces and using the floor to ‘wow’ and intrigue users should be top of the design agenda. “Our impressive array of bespoke shapes, formats and patterns at CDW2019 showed there are no limits, with specifications to suit a multitude of applications.” 01386 820200 www.karndean.com
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Celebrating 50 years of Elstead Lighting Celebrating 50 years of UK manufacturing, Elstead Lighting is still owned by the Lucas family who are proud to present a comprehensive decorative lighting collection for the hospitality sector. There are many striking models from the UK team, as well as USA partners Feiss, Hinkley, Quoizel, Kichler and Flambeau. The collection is backed by large stock holdings in both the UK and Polish distribution centres so that Elstead can help its clients deliver turnkey projects. Bathroom Elstead offers many classic and modern abovethe-mirror lights – ideal for those vanity tasks. There is also a broad choice of IP44 wall lights to create ambient, relaxing bathrooms. Outdoor living Explore Elstead’s range of IP44 outdoor chandeliers, ideal for al fresco dining areas. Perfectly suited to coastal hotels, the new ranges of outdoor lanterns within Elstead’s Coastal collection are designed to handle the harshest of heat, cold and saline conditions.
Foyers and restaurants Elstead offers a selection of large and dramatic chandeliers. There are also a number of other statement foyer chandeliers including Feiss’ Oberlin and Kichler’s Piper. Corridors Elstead has a large collection of statement wall lights and semi-flush fittings ideal for corridors. Bedroom portables Table lamps are an ideal addition when considering an extra layer of lighting in the bedroom or foyer. Elstead’s collection includes more than 150 options, and now has a bespoke shade making service available in-house. Visit the national Elstead Lighting showroom in Alton, Hampshire, to see almost 3000 inspirational decorative lighting products on permanent display. A copy of the new 2019 master catalogue set is also available to order. 01420 82377 www.elsteadlighting.com
Burgess Furniture reimagines iconic design Lovers of Burgess Furniture’s original Turini stacking chair will be sitting comfortably after the British furniture innovator re-imagined the classic to mark its 60th anniversary. Called Adamas, the new collection is based on Burgess’ timeless Turini design but features a uniquely designed, FIRA-approved AirComfort ergonomic seat cushion. Burgess Furniture worked closely with FIRA’s ergonomics department for the development of the exclusive AirComfort moulded seat cushion. FIRA’s independent tests included pressure mapping and user trials, to ensure the new seat gave maximum support to lower back areas without compromising user comfort and positioning. Designed by Burgess Furniture’s Design
Manager, Peter Roth, Adamas also features a ‘sandwich’ construction back upholstery, which minimises the visual effect of the chair’s tubular frame. “They say you can’t beat a classic but with Adamas, we’ve given a fresh new take to the chair that started the Burgess story,” explains Craig Kent, production director of Burgess Furniture. “Adamas has all the lightweight, stackable and flexible features that people love about Turini, but with a new emphasis on the seating experience. “User comfort is paramount in today’s modern hospitality world, just as important as efficiency, as venues increasingly host working clients. “Adamas takes its name from the
Ancient Greek meaning of longevity and indestructibility. It also relates to diamond, which is apt as 2019 is our 60th anniversary year. “A perfect tailored solution, the range combines exceptional comfort with a choice of on-trend architectural frames and fabric finishes.” Burgess Furniture chairs are renowned for strength and durability, with some clients still using Turini chairs bought over 40 years ago. Every piece is manufactured in West London to the company’s highest standards from raw materials to final assembly, which include industry-leading processes for exceptional quality control. www.burgessfurniture.com
A hard-wearing matt laminate for horizontal surfaces EGGER’s award-winning Topmatt Laminate is the latest addition to the PerfectSense product range. Featuring the latest technology, this new supermatt laminate has a smooth, matt finish, which is anti-fingerprint, micro scratch resistant and hardened using an electron beam. EGGER’s innovative PerfectSense Topmatt laminate is available in nine trend orientated neutral decors, providing a luxury matt finish that is well suited to surfaces in high traffic areas such as kitchens, offices and hotels. “We’re delighted to be introducing Topmatt Laminate into our PerfectSense collection,” says Andrew Laidler, EGGER Director of Sales (Decorative Products). “It’s a fantastic addition to our matt and gloss range and provides a solution for projects that require a high-end finish and a durable horizontal surface.” Innovative technology By using the latest technology in laminate production, EGGER has produced a smooth, high quality matt surface which is ideal for horizontal applications in busy areas. EGGER PerfectSense Topmatt Laminate is highly resistant to surface wear, impact and scratches due to a specialist production process in which the top paper layer of the laminate is lacquered and cured using an electron beam. This produces a smooth, warm to touch surface with low reflectivity, providing an ideal solution for high end interiors.
The laminate also features anti-fingerprint technology ensuring that smudges and fingerprints won’t be visible on the surface, a major benefit for furniture located in busy, commercial and residential areas. Co-ordinated decors and products A premium, co-ordinated finish can be achieved by using Topmatt Laminate alongside EGGER’s existing PerfectSense Matt and Gloss board. The nine Topmatt decors match those found in the PerfectSense Matt range, and co-ordinate with the decors found in the PerfectSense Gloss range. Unlike PerfectSense Matt, the Topmatt laminates are not suitable for postforming, but are ideal for horizontal surfaces. In line with the EGGER Decorative Collection 2017-2019, the decors featured in the PerfectSense product range are trend led. They are heritage, calm and neutral colours, which are ideal for both contemporary and classic interiors. To create a consistent look and feel, the decors can be finished with matching PerfectSense Matt ABS (1mm) or PMMA (1.3mm) edging. By value engineering the full PerfectSense range, the benefits of each product are combined to bring a striking, cost effective and high quality finish to any project. www.egger.com
Laufen launches Moderna
The new Moderna bathroom collection from Laufen offers a timeless, minimalist look. Created by Swiss designer Peter Wirz, Moderna combines practicality with perfect contouring to ensure it is accessible to all bathroom décors. The collection’s exceptionally high-quality finish delivers a bathroom with a luxurious feel, whilst ensuring the range is also excellent value for money. When paired with the Moderna furniture series and the new Laurin brassware range, Moderna’s expressive furniture contrasts with the clear and gentle lines to create a style statement. “The characteristic features of this successful bathroom are honesty, reliability, independence, paired with high functional values – traditional Swiss design approaches that contribute to the foundations of timeless design,” comments Peter Wirz. The intentionally minimalist range consists of a selection of washbasins and vanity units that can be adapted to suit the space. The
furniture is available in a selection of colours including Ash Honey, Dark Oak, Matt White and High Gloss White. www.laufen.co.uk
Why buying from an NBF member should put your mind at rest The NBF explores the manifold benefits of purchasing beds from its members.
Buying the right beds for your bedrooms is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. Of course, they have to be comfortable – at least for the majority of guests – durable and competitively priced. No doubt when you’re preparing any specifications for potential suppliers, it goes without saying you’ll want it to be made in compliance with relevant regulations and standards. And you more than likely want it to be “what it says on the tin” – in fact you’d expect it to be! So, perhaps you should be considering insisting that any supplier or potential supplier is a member of the National Bed Federation (NBF). Its members all have to comply with a strict Code of Practice, which aims to encourage good practice in the industry, with the ‘NBF Approved’ Big Tick helping people buy beds with confidence. The NBF is the trade association for UKand Irish-based bed manufacturers. Its 65 manufacturing members account for almost three quarters of the industry’s turnover – and most of the big brands are members. However, this is a big sector – there are an estimated
150 plus mattress manufacturers in the UK and quite a few importers. Which makes choosing the right partner particularly challenging. The NBF has been around since 1912 – and it has always been concerned with promoting reputable traders and high standards. Back in 2013, shocked at some of the more extreme practices of rogue traders, which included the revelation that dirty old mattresses were being recovered in their entirety and sold as new, the NBF decided the best way to tackle the issue was to ‘put its own house in order’ by developing an independently audited Code of Practice for its members. The Code is about compliance, not quality – so it’s just as relevant for a company selling budget beds as it is for one at the premium end of the market. Initially just focusing on three key areas of fire safety, cleanliness of fillings and trade descriptions, the NBF Code is this year entering its third incarnation and will now cover other core compliance and regulatory areas, including textile composition labelling requirements, EU timber legislation, REACH regulations, EU Biocides legislation,
plus awareness of basic health and safety principles, modern slavery legislation and process controls and procedure. The NBF is also one of the first trade associations to ensure their members are up to speed with the product recall requirements of the new PAS 7100 which the new Office of Product Safety & Standards are pushing hard. As well as regular independent auditing of its members against the Code’s criteria, the NBF also carries out a rolling programme of random purchase and due diligence testing on both member and non-member products. It also investigates any credible reports of noncompliance. It also gives buyers and specifiers in the hospitality sector – particularly those who don’t have the in-house capacity to carry out their own extensive due diligence checks – more confidence that the products they end up buying are “Safe, Clean and Honest.” So, there’s a lot of sense in checking whether or not your existing or proposed mattress/bed supplier is an NBF member and carries the Mark of Approval.
Sleep comes easy when you buy beds made by an approved NBF member. Relax, lie back and be completely assured that the beds you buy are everything they say they are, and everything your guests expect and deserve. Every NBF Approved Member has undergone rigorous independent auditing to certify that they have robust procedures in place to ensure their products comply with regulatory requirements for flammability, cleanliness of fillings and trade descriptions. All of the ‘red tape’ and due diligence is done for you. Now that’s comforting! So, buy from an NBF Approved Member and both you and your guests can sleep happy.
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Unlocking the creativity of carpet With a choice of more than 300 colours, Antron® Lumena carpet fibre gives carpet designers the potential to explore colour, safe in the knowledge that whatever shade they choose, it will remain looking good in busy commercial spaces. Antron® works hard to ensure the available colours in its Antron® Lumena solution-dyed carpet fibre give carpet designers the essence of a great design. With palettes inspired by everything from the budding crocuses of spring and the Southern Irish coastline to the ornately-decorated trams of Lisbon and the Emperor penguins of Antarctica; inspiration is plentiful. Offering performance through a multi-hollow, square fibre that hides soiling and makes dirt easy to remove, Antron® Lumena has colour pigment that’s built into the fibre itself, meaning lasting colour that doesn’t fade under sunlight or intensive cleaning. Standing up well to wear thanks to a polymer structure with improved resistance to crushing and matting, Antron® Lumena carpet fibre delivers exceptional performance across a wide variety of commercial environments. www.antron.eu
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Increasing profitability with Style Clearly demonstrating how a partitioning system can offer an excellent return on investment, Crown Banqueting, a lavish Asian wedding venue, recently worked with operable wall specialist, Style, to design and install a sophisticated partitioning system to its expansive event space. Delivering excellent acoustic privacy between divided areas, the sliding wall panels can be quickly manoeuvered into place, allowing Crown Banqueting to successfully cater for up to 700 guests split between two separate areas. Complementing the modern interior design of the room, a steamed beech finish was chosen and, with ease of operation also essential, Crown staff can open up or divide the room with speed thanks to its smooth and effortless handling. Offering a complete solution, Style employs a nationwide network of service and repair professionals, offering routine maintenance of operable walls they originally installed, as well as for most other manufacturers. Regular servicing effectively extends the safe working life of the system, helping ensure trouble-free operation, sometimes for as long as to 25 years. 01202 874044 www.style-partitions.co.uk
Cork in colour from Granorte Granorte, innovator in cork, has refreshed its Recolour collection of contemporary design flooring, introducing a wide colour palette and a glue-down specification ideal for commercial locations. Layering cork’s natural aesthetic beneath a 28-strong colour palette from Pearl through Blush, Lilac and Olive to Slate Grey and Smoke, Recolour offers something very special for projects looking to break from the ordinary. In a unique extra-wide plank format, Recolour can be used to create attractive floor layouts, mixing colours, or presenting flowing colour throughout a space. With a HOTCOATING® super-matt finish, Recolour builds on cork’s aesthetic for a natural look. Available with Uniclic® in a floating construction, and now in a glue-down specification, Recolour uses cork’s natural properties to provide a floor that offers acoustic absorption, thermal insulation and underfoot comfort. Equipped with MICROBAN® antibacterial protection, the floor is also hygienic, further aided by the easy maintenance of the HOTCOATING® wear layer. Rated Class 32 and so suitable for general commercial use, Recolour can be used in office, retail, hospitality and leisure projects. With a five-year commercial warranty, the floor joins Granorte’s impressive portfolio of floors for contract environments that harness the sustainability, beauty and practicality of cork. www.granorte.co.uk
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Completing the circle Creating a fresh new look for its offices and stores, Belgian supermarket giant, the Colruyt Group, has turned to UNILIN, division panels, to help it complete the circle and repurpose its old retail and office interior fittings. The family-owned Colruyt Group is famed for its sustainable approach to retailing and is active in many initiatives positively impacting its entire supply chain. As part of its drive towards a circular, sustainable approach, the retailer has placed reuse high on its agenda. So, when it came to creating a fresh new look for its offices, it turned to its long-running relationship with UNILIN, division panels, to see what could be done. “Our current chipboard is 100% circular,” explains specification director, Christof De Poorter. “Comprising 85% recycled wood, the remaining 15% is sourced from thinning and waste flows from the timber industry. We save an average of 5,000 trees per day and reduce CO2 emissions by some 1.2m tonnes a year.” Colruyt Group took this circular process one step further, delivering its old panels and shelves directly to UNILIN, so that they could be recycled and returned for use in its new offices. UNILIN undertook a sophisticated cleaning process involving a range of technologies including NIR (near infared), sifting, induction and magnetism, before working them into new Evola panels. Selecting H720 BST White Birch and 625 BST Silicon, Colruyt has selected a look that’s fresh, yet easy to maintain and resistant to the knocks of modern working environments. More importantly, it has brought new transparency to the materials it specifies. www.unilinpanels.com
Acclaimed Specifier’s Guide takes the floor again Now entering its second year, The Specifier’s Guide to Flooring is a comprehensive technical guide to product selection and an invaluable resource for architects, interior designers and facilities managers. Praised as a leading technical publication for floor specification, the launch of the new 2019 edition follows that of sibling title –The Specifier’s Guide to Tiling – which was launched several years ago to widespread acclaim. Both guides are available in print and online at www.specifiersguide.co.uk. Described as an “expert at your elbow, combining industry technical expertise, stunning imagery and CPD information” by architect, Simon Jackson, the Guide’s 2019 content spans everything from adhesives to luxury vinyl tiles, wood and laminate. It includes informative articles on sports floors, smoothing compounds and carpet tiles from high-profile and specialist flooring manufacturers. Eye-catching international case studies demonstrate how techniques and products from the guide can be applied in real installations, whilst exploded material make-ups take a closer look at specifications. The Guide is published by Kick-Start, the team behind the UK’s leading contract flooring and tiling trade publications – CFJ and TSJ. www.specifiersguide.co.uk
CLERKENWELL DESIGN WEEK Clerkenwell Design Week’s 10th edition passed in a riot of activity and colour, as 34,185 visitors from 66 countries enjoyed all the district has to offer.
21st - 23rd May 2019 Clerkenwell, London, UK www.clerkenwelldesignweek.com “The 10th edition of Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW) was the celebration of a decade spent in EC1 and has been the most successful edition yet,” says Daren Newton, MD of CDW. “The excitement around CDW’s 10th birthday created an increase in visitor numbers as well as more A&D attendees than ever before, highlighting the festival’s importance on the global design scene. “The various projects and street spectacles as part of CDW Presents demonstrated CDW’s flourishing growth over the past 10 years, working in synergy with the natural expansion of Clerkenwell as an area full of creativity. Following this important milestone I am personally very excited about what the future holds for both the festival and the area as London’s creative heart.”
HOSPITALITY INTERIORS’ HIGHLIGHTS Blurring environments The festival illustrated the increasingly blurred lines between office, hospitality and residential environments. Key drivers such as sustainability, urban living and wellness have seen an influx of versatile products that improve our quality of life, health, and mental state across the board. One such example of this is Office Blueprint, whose brand new showroom on 26 Seward Street showcased a number of solutions for employee wellbeing that are just at home in spa/ gym and hotel environments as in the office. Most notable amongst these innovation was the Neuron Activation Pod (N.A.P) from Lo0ok Industries. These sleeping pods and silent capsules use Neurosonic technology to increase the user’s wellbeing. Based on sensory tissue stimulation, built-in elements transmit a very low-frequency (20100 Hz) sinusoidal vibration, which is targeted simultaneously to the whole body. As a natural
mechanism, vibration affects your body calmly via the autonomic nervous system and the mind. Boosting productivity, and offering stylish meeting spaces within an office or leisure environment, Meeting Pod Co exhibited their latest designs at Project. Equipped with acoustic dampening materials, charging facilities and LED lighting, the pods are manufactured in the Isle of Wight and can be customised to fit with any interior or exterior environment. Established & Sons, meanwhile, debuted its first collection of 2019 – a series of crossover designs to inspire work at home, in the office and “everywhere in between”. The new pieces – GRID (Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec), KD TABLE and BEAM TABLE (Konstantin Grcic) and LUCIO LOUNGE (Sebastian Wrong) – are direct responses to the rise of the live-work space and the shifting attitudes towards aesthetics in the working environment.
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Furniture Furniture is always a strong segment at CDW, and this year’s edition didn’t disappoint, with a number of exciting new launches. Morgan showcased two new collaborative projects at its Dallington Street showroom. The architectural Rakino lounge collection by designer Tim Rundle comprises two lounge chairs and a selection of coffee tables. Its clean linear structure emphasises crisp timber detailing born from a dialogue between the precision of CNC manufacturing and a
handcrafted finish. The second launch is a number of coffee tables created in collaboration with Mark McClure for the Goodwood collection. Pushing the boundaries between furniture and art, the tables are characterised by strong geometric inlay tops with splashes of brass. Stellar Works, meanwhile, has launched its first ever collection with Australian designer Tom Fereday and Asia’s iconic Luxury department store Lane Crawford. The Crawford Collection – incorporating a lounge chair,
bed, table range and dining chair – celebrates Asian sensibilities but reinterprets them for an international audience. Known for their creative CDW exhibits, Knightsbridge Furniture returned this year with a focus on biophilic, sustainable design. Designs upholstered in exquisite Timorous Beasties fabrics depicted jungle creatures and foliage, alongside two striking new launches – Caravelle and Climb.
Crawford Collection by Tom Fereday for Stellar Works
Collaborations CDW presents the perfect platform for new and sometimes unexpected collaborations. Amongst our favourites this year was ege’s Industrial Landscape collection in collaboration with Tom Dixon, who joined as a guest speaker to share his design philosophy. Elsewhere, GROHE partnered up with tile manufacturer, Mosa to celebrate their common heritage around the topic of sustainability, and Fritz Hansen collaborated with Zaha Hadid Architects to present Shaping Reality Through Time – a celebration of design evolution, shown through chairs produced since Fritz Hansen’s inception in 1872.
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Installations As ever, CDW’s vibrant installations were on point. Once Upon A Time was created with UAL Chelsea College of Arts, in partnership with Lansdown’s London, and drew inspiration from the rich and sometimes dark historical tales of Clerkenwell. BA Graphic Design Communication students at UAL Chelsea College of Arts collaborated with CDW to create a series of graphic installations inspired by the stories relating to the significant locations. CDW also presented Decade – a dramatic trail of 10, three metre high candle-like beacons designed by a number of creatives. The installations, symbolic of birthday candles, formed part of CDW’s wayfinding strategy to help guide visitors across the exhibition route whilst playfully celebrating CDW as the UK’s leading independent design festival.
INDEPENDENT HOTEL SHOW AMSTERDAM Anticipation was high for IHS’ first international venture in May, and given healthy visitor numbers and an impressive seminar line-up, it seems that organisers and visitors alike were highly satisfied with the show.
8-9th May 2019 RAI Amsterdam, Netherlands www.independenthotelshow.nl “As this was the first edition in continental Europe, we had no idea what to expect, but the experience the past two days has exceeded expectations,” affirms portfolio director, Miranda Martin. “It was a delight to meet such a great collection of progressive and enthusiastic hospitality professionals and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to the 2020 edition in March!” 120 carefully curated exhibitors showcased the latest products and services for the hospitality sector, while ample networking opportunities and a packed-out seminar schedule provided a hotbed of new ideas and trends. The Hotel Vision Stage was a particular highlight. This central education stage saw hoteliers, trend forecasters and CEOs share their visions for the future of the hotel industry. During a well-attended session, Dutch trendwatcher Vincent van Dijk shared a glimpse into the Hotel Room of the Future and presented the 10 important hotel trends for 2019. Among them were the automation of in-room service, flexible furniture solutions, voice-controlled equipment and eco-friendly, health conscious housekeeping. A number of significant panel discussions also took place on the stage. Led by STR Global, ‘The Year in Review’ saw, Eric Toren (Hotel TwentySeven, Amsterdam) and Gabriella Esselbrugge (Hotel De Dames van Jonge, Giethoorn) explore the need to spread tourists who come to Amsterdam throughout the country – something that fellow panellist René van Schie, who works on tourism development for the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, deals with on a daily basis. A keynote speech by ex-Radisson CEO, Wolfgang M. Neumann (strategic hospitality consultant and chairman of Hotel School The Hague) emphasised responsibility to the planet and the generations after us. Concluding with the memorable words: “If you think you’re too small to make a difference, you’ve never spent a night with a mosquito.” Another key highlight was The Lobby,
designed by Roelfien Vos. Inspired by the roaring twenties, this networking and refreshment space featured a striking green marble bar, sumptuous velvet and leather furnishings and floor in a dark wooden fish scale pattern. “My story for The Lobby shows a sophisticated environment that evokes emotion and warmth,” explains Roelfien. “100 years after the1920’s, leisure has become more accessible and gained an important factor in peoples’ daily lives. More importantly; people are looking for that memorable experience in hospitality.” Roelfien’s design partners for The Lobby included Brand Van Egmond, which supplied glass lanterns from its Louise collection; Artwall Collection with its Art Nouveau wallpaper; Vuelta furniture from Wittmann and a custom rug that Roelfien Vos designed for Van Besouw Tapijt.
CONTRACT MARKETING MANAGER REQUIRED • To support brand & marketing strategy for the business and come up with and own marketing objectives that will help deliver the strategy for the contract business • Continuously review our brand and identify how to best utilise our brand identity to develop sales & revenue. • Ownership and communication of the contract marketing calendar. • To own and deliver marketing campaigns to meet planned objectives, on brand and aligned with our customer segments. From initial brainstorming and strategy development through to delivery of commercially successful campaigns, on-time and budget. • Monitor and report on effectiveness of contract marketing communications. • Develop marketing assets and collateral for specific customer segments – with good ability to copy write. • Support the Marketing Manager with strategic research and insight projects to understand our customers, our brand, competitors and products, in order to identify marketing needs and opportunities to create compelling plans and campaigns. • Design and manage the contract events and shows throughout the year. • Develop with the NPD team new product offerings and design options to further strengthen the contract business and target new customer segments. • Develop digital marketing techniques to target new business and support the contract sales team. • Set up and draft regular email campaigns to target different customer segments, with lead follow ups. • Design and scope a new contract website that will either sit on Sleepeezee’s current website platform, or will be a stand alone website. • Oversee and manage the contract marketing budget to maximise spend and ROI. • Liaise and manage external agencies who help support Sleepeezee in achieving their marketing strategy.
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Touch the Future™ NINA + ULTRAFABRICS Innovative designs ask for more. More function, more variation and more consideration for the world around us. All without sacriﬁcing on beauty and comfort. With innovative textures, endless colour spectrums and pioneering technologies, the naturally animal-free Ultrafabrics meets design on its path to tomorrow. Setting new standards is naturally part of the creative process. I want to work with materials that share this philosophy with me. Nina Alessi, Designer
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Inspiring hospitality design Is your business looking to engage the hospitality sector? Delivering the best in design across the spectrum, The Hospitality Interiors Show will launch at Coventryâ€™s Ricoh Arena in June 2020. Bringing together owners, operators, designers, architects and more from the UK and beyond, The Hospitality Interiors Show will provide an inspiring and informative platform for products and ideas.
A HOSPITALITY INTERIORS EVENT
Information and bookings
www.theHIshow.co.uk Photography clockwise from left: Fiskebar by B3 Designers / Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik by Goddard Littlefair - Image by Gareth Gardner / Pirana - Image by Nicholas Worley / University Arms by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio
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